New music and the truth about Cinco de Mayo
This week we bring ourselves to that most bicultural of holidays — Cinco de Mayo. As we discuss in the show, there is a question about whether or not this is just another opportunity for happy hour specials or store-wide sales: “Get your new bed during our Mexican Mattresstravaganza!!!”
We invited writer Gustavo Arellano to help us shed some light on the issue. He has tackled this theme before in his syndicated column Ask A Mexican.
Here on the East Coast, the Cinco de Mayo experience is different from what it is in California. It feels much less connected to themes of cultural pride and more like an excuse to drink margaritas.
But ni modo (whatever). It is what it is and it’s there for us to do with as we please. Take over a park and have dancers, live music and food booths? Orale, dale gas, vato (right on, bro).
Start a ballet folklorico class in your kid’s school? Even better!
Listen to some righteous music made by Mexican and Mexican-American musicians? You’ve come to the right place.
Read the full story at Alt Latino