Friday, April 28, 2006

It’s Cinco De Mayo, NOT Drinko De Mayo

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Next week is a big one for Latino protests.

Besides the so-called “Day Without A Latino” on Monday (May 1), there will also be a lot of Cinco De Mayo protests four days later (May 5), thanks to a group called the Cinco De Mayo con Orgullo Coalition.

Ever since 1997, the organization has been holding alcohol- free Cinco De Mayo festivals to protest the way the American liquor industry has turned Cinco De Mayo into a hangover holiday.

According to spokesman Jose Alvarez, Cinco De Mayo is just a regional holiday celebrated in Puebla, Mexico, to honor a battle that took place on May 5, 1862, when 2000 Mexican soldiers and citizens defeated 6,000 invading French soldiers.

Sadly, Alvarez says most Americans who celebrate “Drinko De Mayo” don’t know the meaning of the holiday – but alcohol-free Cinco De Mayo celebrations in 40 cities across the U.S. will try to change that.

Alvarez asks all Americans to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with dignity, and argues that learning about Mexican culture is more important than learning the proper way to make a margarita.

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