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SaraPulis
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03:40 PM on 05/05/2008
I wonder why Americans can't just "let loose" for their own reasons and have to do so under the (oft false) guise a culture's tradition. (eg Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras) Don't we have our own liver-killing holiday?
04:05 PM on 05/05/2008
Those days are all for amateurs. Those are the days the pros stay home.
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MadMoll
08:27 PM on 05/05/2008
Well, Mardi Gras is a European Tradition.
click the link, and see where "Fat Tuesday", The End of Carnival, is celebrated:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mardi_Gras
""Mardi Gras" (French for Fat Tuesday) is the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is the final day of Carnival, the three day period preceding the beginning of Lent, the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday immediately before Ash Wednesday (some traditions count Carnival as the entire period of time between Epiphany or Twelfth Night and Ash Wednesday).[1] The entire three day period has now come to be known in many areas as Mardi Gras.[2] Perhaps the cities most famous for their Mardi Gras celebrations include New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama and Sydney, Australia. Many other places have important Fat Tuesday celebrations as well. Carnival is an important celebration in most of Europe, except in the United Kingdom where pancakes are the tradition, and also in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean."

Some Festivities date back to the 13thc. such as in Nice and Venice.
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SuperMegaUltraUberLiberal
01:39 PM on 05/05/2008
I'd hate to think what white people like to do on Juneteenth.
12:29 PM on 05/05/2008
White people is so stupid.
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11:49 AM on 05/05/2008
Oh please, I've never known many Anglos to participate in the drinking/cruising/fighting during the Cinco de Mayo festivities in Denver or New Mexico. Maybe they do in other areas?
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missviv
12:47 PM on 05/05/2008
Cruising/fighting are not ways that Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Many Mexicans in Mexico don't even really celebrate Cinco de Mayo unless they live in or are from the state of Puebla.

The only reason people equate Cinco de Mayo with belligerence is because of all the stereotypes created about Mexicans - which your average drunk (Mexican or not) has been more to partake in.
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SuperMegaUltraUberLiberal
01:41 PM on 05/05/2008
I think most people here (West Hollywood) equate Cinco De Mayo with Patron Premium Tequila.
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02:07 PM on 05/05/2008
missvis, obviously. I'm referring to the Denver celebration. After leaving the downtown food and gathering part of the festivities, the Anglos go home. Then all night long there are news stories about the lowriders and other cars cruising Federal. There are fights, accidents, DUIs, arrests, etc. This happened every year that I lived there from '82-'04. My observation is not the result of stereotyping, but experience.

Haven't seen much to-do here in Northern New Mexico.

Nobody mentioned Mexicans in Mexico.

This article says that Cinco de Mayo is "White People's Excuse to Let Loose". I think St. Patrick's Day is more accurately that day.