Cinco de Mayo and Arizona Immigration Law protests

A Mexican woman participating in traditional dance. Her brightly colored dress is flaring and swaying to the motion of the dance on Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo is all about the fiesta. Does that make Jan Brewer and la migra nervous? (Photo: Flickr)

Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is a happy day celebrated across the United States and Mexico (primarily in the Puebla state) with song, dance, good food and even better beer, margaritas and tequila. Per Wikipedia, the fiesta celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. While not a federal holiday, Cinco de Mayo is wildly popular, particularly in the U.S. where Mexican-Americans take time to celebrate their Mexican heritage in a (mostly) family-friendly atmosphere.

Cinco de Mayo protest: an equal opportunity event

Rumors are circulating that Cinco de Mayo 2010 won’t be quite as family-friendly for the people of Arizona. Thanks to the new Arizona immigration law, a large Cinco de Mayo protest may be brewing, aimed at Gov. Jan Brewer. At the state capital on Cinco de Mayo, a political rally to end all political rallies is allegedly being planned. Payloan stores may have to lock their doors. The rally may even include Arizona police officers who are worried that the Arizona immigration law has provisions that could subject police departments to lawsuit if they do not enforce the law “strictly,” says Rumor Miller.

Speakers from both side of the Arizona immigration law aisle are slated for participation in the Cinco de Mayo protest, including political figures like Tom Tancredo, Marry Matlin, Roland Martin, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. In addition, some A-list celebrities may be there, including Salma Hayek, George Lopez, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Carlos Mencia and Perez Hilton. Hilton will, of course, be blogging the event. Potential attendees are being encouraged to wear green, white and red to show their support of what is supposedly “in clear violation of the principles of the U.S.” That supposedly solid assertion about Arizona immigration law is actually very much up for debate.

Don’t worry, Cinco de Mayo fans: It could be worse

In an alternate universe where parody sites like The Spoof report news, we see that Governor Jan Brewer has revealed that Arizona will no longer celebrate Cinco de Mayo. There will be no parades, block parties, low-rider hydraulics contests, “Eva Longoria-Parker lookalike pageants,” margarita fests, “frijole fandangos,” weddings or anything else that could vaguely fall on the wrong side of la migra. Gov. Jan Brewer is spreading some tough love and will not be swayed by the namby-pamby antics of an Obama, Hillary Clinton, belly-dancing Shakira or Los Lonely Boys. No, Jan Brewer is going to see this thing through, claims The Spoof. Speedy Gonzalez and Slow Poke Rodriguez will officially be replaced by Rapid Reginald and Moseying Mike.

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