As you may or may not know, today is "Cinco de Mayo." In Southern California, that's basically the functional equivalent of St. Paddy's Day in terms of celebratory madness. In short, lots of people celebrate it without the slightest idea why. Here's our friend Christiana
on this special holiday:
a) It's not mexican independence day and b) from what i know it was semi-fabricated to give the mex-american kids in LA schools something to celebrate because lots of other cultures had heritage related days (st. paddy's, etc). and the actual mex independence day was in september - already taken up by labor day. or, c) it was a brilliant move by the liquor and beer industry to get kids thinking about boozing holidays really early in life (st. paddy's day, etc).
Sound about right? Plus, she tells us that Los Angeles actually has a cultural life! I thought it was just Sunset Blvd.