Mexican soccer fans wanted to throw a parade in Moscow’s Red Square on June 29, but canceled it because of complaints.
Mexico is one of the 16 teams that made it through to the knockout stage of the World Cup. Mexican fans in Moscow had planned a party in the Russian capital. After the party, they planned a street parade to go to Red Square, several hundred meters away.
The parade was going to have a Day of the Dead theme. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday when people remember dead loved ones, often by dressing as skeletons.
But communist lawmakers objected to the event being held so close to Lenin’s tomb. The tomb is in Red Square. Sergei Malinkovich, deputy head of the Communists of Russia party, said that people dressed as skeletons shouldn’t be allowed on “hallowed” ground.
Instead, the event was held in a special area for fans. Several hundred people celebrated. (Reuters)