Danny Trejo Speaks Out on July 4th Parade Brawl: That's When I Panicked

Fourth of July parade chaos involving actor Danny Trejo

by Nouman Rasool
Danny Trejo Speaks Out on July 4th Parade Brawl: That's When I Panicked
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Fourth of July in Los Angeles became a bit more chaotic when Danny Trejo found himself being hit by a water balloon during parade. The "Machete" actor says a water balloon attacked him, and the fight ensued. Trejo was a passenger in the front seat of an older-model baby blue convertible cruising around the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood with his buddy Mario Castillo.

When he heard someone shout the balloon was full of "acid", Trejo got scared. "I’m so sad, by the way I behaved, so sad that grown men have to throw water balloons to enjoy a day," Trejo told, "I don’t think I would’ve gotten out of the car if someone hadn’t yelled 'it’s acid.'

That’s when I panicked."

Targeted Attack Claim

He then exited the car and started fighting with a man on the sidewalk. The man with a black sleeveless shirt fighting back, punched the actor knocking him down onto the street as seen in the video captured.

Trejo and Castillo insisted that they were targeted because of being Mexican and claimed that water balloons were striking no one else in the parade. "It was targeted, because there was no one else being it by balloons in front of us or behind us," Castillo exclaimed "You know it was just at our lowrider." He added, "Come on, you got a classic lowrider in a parade, that is the last thing you want getting water, or anything in it”.

The actor's car was swarmed by dozens of people to say hello, when a water balloon hit him. The actor explained, "There were like eight, nine, ten people around this car when they threw that balloon, so somebody wasn’t worried that they weren’t gonna hit anybody else." His only response was someone grabbed him first, which explained little.

That was until a second balloon landed on Trejo, literally adding insult to injury. "Everybody was holding him back," Arnie Abramyan, who recorded the fight on video, "There were a lot of people between him and the people who threw the water balloon.

He was just upset. He was yelling, screaming, mad, and was trying to get to the guy who threw the water balloon." Others said the brawl was Trejo's fault. Sunland-Tujunga resident James Spishak said, "[Trejo] pushed women out of the way to get to those guys.

There were kids there. It could’ve gotten really ugly. It would’ve never happened if he stayed in the car." Spishak continued, "I love Danny Trejo, I think he’s a cool dude, but he needs to know when to say 'no,'" It took multiple people who attended the parade to break up that fight.

Castillo was seen in footage following the attack bleeding from his eye while Trejo was restrained. Castillo claims he had a black eye, and his arms were swollen because people stomped on him. But Trejo appeared unfazed by the incident, quickly dismissing it as humiliating.

Trejo said, "They couldn’t hurt me, it was sad, I would be embarrassed if I attacked an 80-year-old man and he’s still talking and laughing."