A Little Mexican History re Cinco De Mayo ...

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Thor, May 4, 2004.

  1. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    It was galling me earlier when my co-workers started
    talking about drinking Coronas for Cinco De Mayo
    to celebrate 'Mexican Independence Day ( Sept 16th)'
    which it is not.

    So in the interest of an enlightened TB community,
    here are the facts about the temporary victory of the
    Mexican militia under General Zaragosa against
    France's colonial adventure under Emporer Napolean III.

    Cinco De Mayo link.

    Interesting to note the following, in particular

    'Commercial interests in the United States and Mexico have also been successful in promoting the holiday, with products and services focused on Mexican food, beverages and festivities, with music playing a more visible role as well. Several cities throughout the U.S. hold parades and concerts during the week following up to May 5th, so that Cinco de Mayo is becoming a bigger holiday north of the border than to the south, and adopted into the holiday calendar of more and more people every year.

    Emphasis is mine. The beer companies promote this
    holiday in the US to sell more beer, if you haven't

    I propose we make the 18th of June a holiday as well
    so I can drink more Newcastle ale! All hail the
    Duke of Wellington!
  2. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    My Mexican wife has always said that Cinco de Mayo is more popular with Americans than in most regions of Mexico. The beer companies beat Hallmark to this one.
  3. Germans: Oktoberfest
    Irish: St. Patrick's Day
    Mexicans: Cinco de Mayo

    Eventually every cultural group will have their officially recognized drinking holiday.

    (Americans: Super Bowl Sunday?)
  4. Can't help but wonder what a Hallmark card would say:

    "Happy Cinco De Mayo,
    Have a taco, have a nacho
    Have yourself some cervezas,
    Tu estas muy borracho!"
  5. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    This is actually something I've always been aware of since my birthday is Mexican Independence Day.

    It also doesn't hurt that I'm Latin.
  6. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    I think Dia de los Muertos is a much cooler Mexican holiday. Check it out.
  7. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    thor, please don't give me another reason to go and drink some overpriced martini's at Swig's! Yovela and I are already trying to beat the entire selection!

  8. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Today at our school we had Grammy-winning hispanic artist Little Joe Y La Familia perform for the kids. Yeah, it's a day early but a band like that is ALWAYS booked on Cinco de Mayo! It was pretty good. The guitarist had the Santana tone nailed on his PRS.

    brad cook
  9. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    I have worked with Joe on many occasions. His guitar player is his son-in-law and a really, really nice guy - he does have that Santana thing going on! I wonder, did he have a sax player (Manny Castaneda - hell of a sax player and great kat to hang with)? I haven't talked to him in years.

    not trying to hijack, O, but Little Joe brings back memories!

  10. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Yak away dude, I thought we lost you when that nudist
    boat flipped over in Texas!
  11. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    that's what those dirty rat bastages get for looking at me when i was working on my tanline!! do you know how difficult it is to hold my gut up for 3 hours?!?

  12. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah, I do. You were pretty good at it when we
    went out drinking, and it wasn't even a celebration
    of kicking the bejesus out of the French.

    Well, you held it in until I was too drunk to notice anymore.

    Happy Cinco De Mayo, tell Y to have one for me!
  13. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    yeah it is true...

    we down here don't care as much for may 5th, but as long as you guys are having fun up there is cool with me :cool:
  14. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I remember a Jay Leno joke about trying to explain St Patricks Day to the Mexicans on his staff by saying "It's cinco de Mayo for white people."

    Sounds like he was closer to the truth than I thought.
  15. Fo' Shizzle

    Fo' Shizzle

    Aug 28, 2003
    Where's the moderator that killed my thread acknowledging Texas Independence Day. Or is it that Mexico won this battle? :spit:

    It's a vast conspiracy, I tell you!!!!! :bag:

    Remember the Alamo. Remember San Jacinto.

    Oh, and Happy Cinco de Mayo to all....

  16. i forgot all about cinco de mayo... i live above a bar. those asshats are going to be loud and dumb tonight.
  17. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    i pi$$ on it everytime i pass it on the way to an Ozzie gig!

  18. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Or on the way back from Swigs...

    I found a workaround, I copied and renamed the browser to blahblah.exe and stored it elswhere on the network ... hehe

    I rule! When my wife is not around!
  19. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
  20. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX

    I talked to Little Joe's son today (he's a vice-principal here at the school) and he said the current sax player's name is Fabian. He's only 20 years old but he sounded really good.

    brad cook