A planned parade for an Ottoman military marching band in Hollywood has been canceled amid uproar from Armenian groups who said the event was an affront to them because of the genocide that began in 1915.
Ottoman Turks killed roughly 1.5 million Armenians from 1915 to 1923, resulting in the first modern-day genocide. Turkey has refused to acknowledge the massacre as genocide.
The permit for the parade, scheduled for Oct. 3 on Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and La Brea avenues, was pulled Wednesday, an official at the Los Angeles Police Commission said.
Hafsa Rai, a spokeswoman for the Pacifica Institute, which organized the event, said the uproar took them by surprise, pointing out that the organization’s mission is to promote intercultural dialogue.
“We are not here to offend anyone, that was never our intention,” she said.
The march was meant to stir interest for the upcoming Anatolian Cultures Festival in Costa Mesa starting Oct. 6, which celebrated all cultures that have at one time lived in Turkey, including Armenians, Rai said.