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May 5, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

International Beer Day!

No, Cinco de Mayo is not a promotion for Subway sandwiches.

No “Five dollar. Five dollar. Five dollar footlong – with or without mayo…” No.

Although by this afternoon, loud singing of mangled lyrics may be noticed.


Obviously Cinco de Mayo is another great International Drinking Day!

Mexican version of St Patrick’s Day?

Got parades! Got traditional music! Got signature dances! Got culture specific beer!

Got fall down drunks of all ethnicity who are only there for the beads and to party.

Ah, U.S. celebrations of diversity!

Does it get any better?

RIght on! All dressed up and ready to go. It's time for Cinco de Mayo. (screenshot. Rueben Galvan. click2Houston)

Right on! All dressed up and ready to go. It’s time to party.(screenshot.click2Houston)

¡Qué Viva La Fiesta!

When does the Greek beer celebration get started?

Some of those Japanese Rice Lagers?

Nothing says Cinco de Mayo more than Ronald McDonald's parade float. (screenshot.

Nothing says Cinco de Mayo more than Ronald McDonald’s parade float. (screenshot.

Oh, please. Don’t let some narrow-minded group come in here.

Start snorting about how drinking is offensive or fun can be had without alcohol.

Just because it’s not your way of having fun or fit into your beliefs, why spoil it for all?

Celebrate diversity, would ya’?

They halted all those elementary school Halloween parties. But those were kids. You can push them around.

Just a-float with color in the Cinco de Mayo parade passing in front of baseball stadium (

Just a-float with color in the Cinco de mayo parade at the baseball stadium. Show Mexico how it’s done! (

Enjoy all the fun of honoring the 1862 Mexican Battle of Puebla against the French.

It’s an international event. Worldy, right?

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Until you can slip away from work and participate:

    • VIDEO. Balle folklorico. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with traditional Mexican dance. Foot stompin’ good.
    • How “Cinco de Mayo turns into an American party day. History and marketing. Woo hoo. Winner!
    • 21st Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade video. (Been celebrating all weekend here!)
    • Astros Cinco de Mayo Street FestCelebrate with extra events throughout the day on Crawford Street. (In case a baseball game isn’t enough)
    • Unclear on the concept in Detroit. Celebrate by shooting in the air – not at people. Better yet, leave the guns at home, fools. “Deadly shooting halts Cinco de Mayo parade.”
    • “Lime shortage just in time for Cinco de Mayo”  Video. Won’t stop the parties…bring money!
    • Nancy Pelosi wants to honor another country’s victory in battle with a new law here in the US! (Really need to get Mexico to party more for their own special events. Pretty quiet there today. Maybe Nancy can spur them to party? She tries and tries to show people the way…she does understand that most of the new arrivals are from Central and South America? No Matter! Cerveza para todos! Who’s stayin’ thirsty, my friends?)
Congress woman Sheila Jackson Lee (18th Congressional District) loves a parade or camera...any parade or camera.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (18th Congressional District) loves a parade.




  1. PiedType / May 5 2014 7:12 pm

    All the Cinco celebrations here happened over the weekend, on the 3rd and 4th. That just doesn’t seem right. (At least when they moved and combined Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays, they changed it to Presidents Day.)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 5 2014 7:55 pm

      A holiday just too big for one day! It’s amusing. Not really a holiday about anything – just a marketing bonanza! (And school districts can check off the box that says “celebrating diversity”)
      (No wonder about the which/how many day(s) of partying – no one seems offended if honor celebrations are moved to a more convenient day…after all who are these parties for anyway?)
      Still waiting for that Greek Beer celebration (maybe Bastille Day, Guy Fawkes Day, some German composer’s day, too)…they have music, costumes, dances,imported beers/wine. Won’t be too long if marketing is on top of it.
      Thanks for dancing along


  2. Eagle-Eyed Editor / May 5 2014 7:32 pm

    A Facebook friend sent a puzzling photo this morning — a jar of mayonnaise floating in a sink half-full of water. It took me a little while to get the reference to today’s holiday. (sink-o de mayo)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 5 2014 7:57 pm

      “Sink-o de mayo..”reminds me of a popular Italian song. Hey, when’s the Italian Day celebration? Thanks for mixing up a comment


  3. timethief / May 5 2014 10:39 pm

    Up here, above the 49th parallel, I’m not aware of anyone I know celebrating that holiday. Maybe Canadian beer drinkers don’t need special days to celebrate. As for me, I love celebrations, but I absolutely detest the taste of beer, so it never passes over my lips.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 5 2014 11:12 pm

      Hallmark is probably behind it all. And the beer distributors. Never used to be a big deal at all. But hey – any excuse to party or eat out? Thanks for dancing over


  4. Paul / May 6 2014 1:05 am

    Hmmm, a beer drinking day eh? Well, well, never can have too many of those. I live in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, and in the summer and fall it is wall to wall celebrations of various groups from the Carribean days to the Greek Festival. You could spend virtually every day or at least every weekend tasting various cultural foods and liquors. We have a people-only street (Sparks Street) downtown where they hold every kind of food celebration from rib fest cookoffs to unnamed celebrations – too numerous to number and certainly only a few understandable (to me). There are beer and wine fairs from different countries and companies. I get the feeling that many are corporate sponsored marketing events hung on a flag of convenience. That does not change the wonderful taste of the food and alcohol, so bring it on! Oh, if you ever visit here, beware the red tags. Tah Dum, Tah Dum, Tah Dum (sounded to the beat of the Jaws theme song). Along with all these festivals, come the staff of all the Embassies in this, the capital. In an effort to avoid embarrassing declararions of war, the gov’t issue all these folks – diplomats and staff- bright red federal liscence plates.To give you some hint of what that means, our police force has a special division that controls all interactions with those who have been endowed wth such beautiful plates on their vehicles. And this is no small number : the Russian Embassy alone down the street from me has so many vehicles that they can’t fit them all in the gated compound and they line the street. Red tag drivers can be the most excellent drivers (i.e. Germans, British, etc) or people who you will swear have never driven before – they run red lights, double park, cut into traffic with a zest that makes one wonder who their insurance companies are, and generally view rules as anywhere from a suggestion to an outright inconvenience. Anyway, you’ve been warned – and we do have a great public transit system. So drink and eat up, drive carefully and have a great time!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 6 2014 2:22 pm

      Endless festivals! International food fests! Sounds perfectly wonderful. Our areas have more in common many think…except for the weather. It’s indoors only from later june to Sept from the heat and humidity – with winter in Jan and Feb which isn’t so bad unless it’s La Nina rainy year…then it’s dreary for 6-8 weeks. The Red Tag drivers got a giggle. Diplomatic plates are seen here – along with those from Mexico. But with the traffic, nobody is zooming much these days…especially if the President/wife want to visit and insist on not staying in one place but moving around annoying everyone with closed streets. (Leave. Please. Love us from a distance. Skype is good – try it.Raise money the easy way and leave us in peace.) There’s silly little train system downtown…without enough cars to really open the finished rail extensions. The rail company delivered a couple defective cars and is way behind building the whole number. (Snarl at the decision makers here). Outlying areas keep trying to get rail built from Galveston to Houston and from Dallas to Houston, but Houston keeps getting in the way. Seems like the city doesn’t want people able to move around more easily…long long battle. Well, thanks for wandering over. Cheers!


  5. Bongo / May 6 2014 5:09 am

    There was a big sign here about a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 3rd. Isn’t that like celebrating the 4th of July on July 2nd?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 6 2014 2:38 pm

      Sort of like celebrating any holiday on when it actually happened, but when it’s more convenient or when merchants/bar owners can make more money. Loses all the meaning. Ah, but it’s all about making life easier – not understanding/honoring meaning – these days. At least on your trails, Nature always know the appropriate time to put out the decorations. Thanks for bouncing over, Bongo


  6. SingingTuna / May 6 2014 7:17 pm

    Any excuse to [fill in your favorite celebratory activites]!! Wooohooo!!!!

    That seems to be the rationale. I’m already looking dreading Memorial Day, when people who ought to know better wish us all “Happy Memorial Day! Have fun!!!”



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 6 2014 10:53 pm

      It’s enough to make your head ache, for sure. Don’t mind a party, but why reconfigure an event to something it isn’t? We’re either easily amused or desperate for distraction. Or as you say, many are ignorant through no fault of their own. So much stumbling along right now. Think it’s time for more bubbling fountains…RC Cat seems fascinated, but so far not attempting sips…she might have to get her own for that…ahhhh, Thanks for samba-ing over!


  7. SingingTuna / May 6 2014 7:26 pm

    ::runs back:: Not that I think people should be denied their freedom to party. Goodness! What a thought!
    Hang on. I have Scots ancestors who are probably grumbling in their graves about our having no Scottish holiday extravaganzas here. Maybe a Piping Day? Everybody drones the day away and then drinks to the bottom of a giant whiskey barrel at night? We could have sporran tossing, kilt flinging. Wow! Par-TAY!!

    Btw — LOVE the “Dos Equis’ reference…LOL!!!!!
    Another gem of a post.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 6 2014 11:13 pm

      The guy from London across the street plays bagpipes. Any day is party day with him. Must look up some official day to designate…Robert Burns’ birthday? (I should know one, my dad had Scottish clan connections back there somewhere) We could toss those big long poles thingies. Yep, will have to look into that…(if RC will give leave permission, of course) Highland fling for all! Thanks for hopping over to chat – paw waves!


  8. Sonel / May 8 2014 7:52 am

    That looks like lots of fun indeed. I will take my beer thanks. Only one though – otherwise it will go directly to my hips. LOL! Great photo’s! 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 8 2014 2:18 pm

      That’s my big concern about beer – rides home I can get, but those extra pounds won’t leave as directed. A sobering thought.Cheers and thanks for pouring up a comment


      • Sonel / May 9 2014 12:16 am

        hahahaha, I totally agree. Yes, a pity we can’t direct to extra pounds to other areas. LOL!

        You are very welcome. 😀


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