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Entry from May 04, 2018
“Happy Mexican St. Patrick’s Day” (Cinco de Mayo)

Many people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by drinking Guinness stout, and then celebrate Cinco de Mayo by drinking Corona beer. “Cinco de Mayo is all about drinking.... just like St. Patrick’s Day. Only difference is Corona’s vs. Guinness” was posted on Twitter on May 6, 2010. “Food, drinking and drunken fights. I guess the only difference between St Patrick’s and Cinco de Mayo is the color of the beer” was posted on Twitter on March 17, 2012. “What’s the only major difference between Cinco de Mayo and Saint Patrick’s Day?” is a politically incorrect joke told about the two holidays.

“Happy Mexican St. Patrick’s Day” is a Cinco de Mayo saying that has been printed on several ecards. “Mexican St. Patrick’s Day” was cited in an article, “Firms target Hispanics on Cinco de Mayo” by Andrea Stone, published in USA Today on May 2, 1988. “Happy Mexican St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!” was posted on Twitter on May 5, 2008.


Wikipedia: Saint Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Wikipedia: Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]; Spanish for “Fifth of May") is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s difficult victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.

2 May 1988, (McLean, VA), “Firms target Hispanics on Cinco de Mayo” by Andrea Stone, pg. 1B:
“It has turned into the Mexican St. Patrick’s Day,” Tucson Hispanic Coalition board member Marty Cortez said. “That’s the wrong message to send, especially to our kids.”

Google Books
Marketing Disease to Hispanics:
The Selling of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Junk Foods

By Bruce Maxwell and Michael F. Jacobson
Washington, DC: Center for Science in the Public Interest
1989
Pg. 48:
“Others soon joined them, eventually turning Cinco de Mayo into a Mexican St. Patrick’s Day.” In 1988, companies spent $25 million on promotions during the holiday in southern California alone.

3 May 2004, Tucson (AZ) Citizen, “Nostalgic for Cinco de Mayo” by Gabriela Rico, pg. A1:
And some health advocates are holding alcohol-free celebrations to counter the large, annual beer company-sponsored Kennedy Park fiesta, which was last weekend.

Google Groups: rec.arts.sf.fandom
MOMENTO MORI
Jay E. Morris
2/26/07
(...)
> more important to taverns than stores.  Come to think of it, Cinco de
> Mayo has been turning into a bit of a “Mexican St. Patrick’s Day,”
> only with better food and lousier beer.*

Twitter
Alan Wolk
@awolk
Replying to @ryankarpeles
@RyanKarpeles Is Cinco de Mayo becoming the Mexican St. Patrick’s Day?
7:37 PM - 2 May 2008

Twitter
The Lexaprocialist 🌹
@mdesjardins
time to get down the blender for the obligatory frozen margaritas.  Happy Mexican St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!
7:09 PM - 5 May 2008

Twitter
Kristen Hammond
@Mommy4Cocktails
Happy Mexican St. Patrick’s Day!! #havingalittleKahluainmycoffee
9:40 AM - 17 Mar 2009

Twitter
Angela McDermott
@AngieMcD79
Replying to @harleyLunar
@harleymoon Cinco de Mayo is all about drinking.... just like St. Patrick’s Day. Only difference is Corona’s vs. Guinness :o)
1:10 AM - 6 May 2010

Twitter
Kirk Diedrich
@KirkDiedrich
Cinco de Mayo has now become Mexican St. Patrick’s Day. Drunken Anglos ruin everything.
6:18 PM - 6 May 2010

Twitter
Love, Me
@Dear_Booze
Dear Booze: Food, drinking and drunken fights. I guess the only difference between St Patrick’s and Cinco de Mayo is the color of the beer.
4:52 PM - 17 Mar 2012

1 May 2014, Washington (DC) Post, “Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with tacos, cervezas and chihuahuas” by Fritz Hahn, pg. ?:
Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico; in America, it’s a major excuse to consume tacos and beer while wearing a goofy sombrero, as if it were Mexican St. Patrick’s Day.

Twitter
Sir Chris Wylde
@Dadhole
Happy Mexican St Patrick’s Day! #CincoDeMayo
8:46 PM - 5 May 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityHolidays/Events/Parades • Friday, May 04, 2018 • Permalink