Sábado de Gloria at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena: Booze, Babes, and Banda aka SoCal's Best Easter Party
Truthfully, it's bizarre to think that these bands, alongside La Auténtica de Jerez Zacatecas, and El Nono y su Banda Reina de Jerez-- which are amongst the town's most popular-- will play in Pico Rivera on Saturday instead of headlining their own stage along Jerez's main street as they have in years past. Sure, here there will also be horses and cowboy boots, cervezas and tamborazos, and many prospects to hook up with a fellow SoCal Jerezano, but will it be the same?
Tragically, given the current environment that has afflicted México--and the U.S. State Department's warnings not to travel south of the border--these past couple of years the crowds have significantly diminished and the fiestas have just not been the same. This Saturday, the party will go on, but after the sound of the tambora fades into the night and the dust of the jaripeo settles, many questions will remain. We have seen Mother Nature strike and interrupt the party, as was the case in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, but the people rallied to keep their culture alive and the pachanga going; how about when the disaster is a social one, and man-made, as is the current state of affairs in México? Will the people confront themselves and rally to keep their own culture alive? Will it evolve? Migrate? Or simply die? Perhaps the answer to these won't be known for some time, but one thing is for sure: the terrain has changed and the success of this weekend's events--on both sides of the border--will direct a new path.
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