A few years ago I wrote this post, which I still think is pretty relevant today. But I did want to share this article with about what the gente in San Francisco are doing to commemorate 5 de Mayo this week:
“Move over, margaritas: Healthy family fun is the focus at this Saturday’s seventh annual San Francisco Cinco de Mayo festival, an alcohol-free fiesta featuring everything from a Kids Zone with face-painting and balloon art to performances by local dance and music ensembles.
It’s a way to reclaim Cinco de Mayo, says Katia Fuentes of the Mission Neighborhood Centers, which organized the celebration. Fuentes says wryly that the holiday has come to be associated more with partying than empowerment.
“We’re trying to change that image,” says Fuentes, noting that the emphasis will be on making it a family-friendly day with access to health services from San Francisco Healthy Kids, AARP/Walgreens and the Red Cross.”
Some years ago, I worked on a similar 5 de Mayo project in Los Angeles County, but at that time, our goal was simply to make sure that the beer garden was not next to the children’s play area. Sometimes in the name of seeking corporate sponsorship to fund our community’s events, common sense gets thrown out the window.
In keeping with that theme of really remembering what the holiday is about, I wanted to share three pieces that I think are important reminders as people head into the evening happy hours today.
“Cinco de Mayo, Primero de Mayo and the Birth of the United States of América” by Roberto Lovato
“The Power of Cinco de Mayo” by Gilda Claudine Karasik
“Cinco de Mayo: a linguistic perspective” by Holly Cashman.