DETROIT (WWJ) – Viva Mexico! The message shared by thousands in Detroit on Sunday.

Despite some calling for changes, the 51st annual Cinco de Mayo parade went off without a hitch in southwest Detroit. Today, balloons and rosaries wrapped around a pole at the corner of Vernor Highway and Ferdinand Street is the only hint of the 2014 shooting.

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“We are all Mexican here, we are all coming together to celebrate what Cinco de Mayo is — and it’s just good to see all the people here … it’s like all family,” said Elizabeth, who lives in the area.

The parade celebrates Mexico’s 1862 victory over France.

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Roco is Puerto Rican but still comes to celebrate the day.

“I celebrate … because we are all Spanish people and this day, we are … all together. We are all Latin people together – all kinds of race here in the parade for Mexican Day; their day.”

Live music, dancers, and artists filled the streets along Vernor as an estimated 40,000 watched.

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The Mexican Patriotic Committee of metro Detroit decided to continue the tradition without change after a fatal shooting happened during last year’s parade.