Saturday, May 3, 2008
Cinco de Whato?
Update: it was a treat to see people taking to the street on biscayne to celebrate the end of two years of road construction that has been a DOT blight on the community.
If there is anything in miami that is not modern, it is the swamp.
The MiMo Biscayne Association was created to attract new people to the Upper East Side and save what is worth saving of my old neighborhood. Their motto is "progress through preservation".... (aka disneyfication). This weekend their "Cinco de MiMo" Festival got off to a fine start with a crush kick-off party and other events sure to be fun for all. But the name of the festival has a discordant tone that is ironic and symptomatic of our times in the MiamiModernMindset. This well-intended festival has nothing to do with the original "Cinco de Mayo" which btw has nothing to do with mayonnaise but still has a curious history:
...the modern American focus on that day first started in California in the 1860s in response to the resistance to French rule in Mexico. The paper notes that "The holiday, which has been celebrated in California continuously since 1863, is virtually ignored in Mexico."
painting by adolfo