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Wanna Fiesta? Patrón Will Deliver Tequila And A Live Mariachi Band To You

This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday, which means instead of meeting up with friends for one margarita after work, you have permission to get wild. Throw a party! String up a piñata! Head to Tijuana! It’s the kind of arbitrary holiday (it’s not even celebrated in Mexico) where anything goes. Patrón Tequila is on board for the ensuing antics — and they’ve hired a live mariachi band to help pull them off.


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Takes ‘A Mariachi Subway Ride’ With Kate Spade and Flor de Toloache

The band is featured in the designer’s summer collection campaign

Mariachi band Flor de Toloache takes over a New York subway car in the new campaign for Kate Spade’s summer collection. The all-female band is featured together with model Fernanda Ly in the photos and video teaser for Spade’s fashion tribute to Mexico, which includes embroidered peasant blouses, lace-trimmed flouncy dresses, and a handbag that looks like a potted cactus.

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Welcome to Scotland Sr. Trump (Con Mariachi)

Leave it to the good people of Scotland to stage hilarious protests during Donald Trump’s visit in the wake of Brexit.

Paddy Power, a bookmaker (similar to a sportsbook in Costa Rica) based in Ireland, came up with a clever way to welcome the presumptive Republican candidate to succeed President Barack Obama in the United States. Here’s how the Irish sports betting giant described its stunt:

We gave Donald Trump a good guac-ing when he visited Scotland today. The businessman and US presidential candidate – yeah, we still think the second bit must be a hoax, too – was in Turnberry, Ayrshire to open a new golf course.


Given his controversial election promises, including building a wall along the Mexican border, we wanted to give him a special, Paddy Power welcome. So, obviously, we snuck a Mexican Mariachi band, Juan Direction, into Glasgow Prestwick airport to greet the billionaire as he landed on the runway.

Juan Direction actually followed Mr. Trump to his golf course, but the U.S. Secret Service detail assigned to him stopped the mariachis from continuing to serenade the candidate.

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7 things to know about Dia de los Muertos

Traditional Dia de los Muertos attire. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial
Traditional Dia de los Muertos attire. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial

Widely used decorations and dancing skeletons. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial

Traditional Dia de los Muertos attire. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial

Paintings hung for Dia de los Muertos celebration. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration that some people tend confuse with Halloween. Although the days fall close together, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are culturally different. The vibrant sugar skulls, decorative alters and pan dulce are part of what brings to life Mexico’s celebration and remembrance of loved ones who have died. The Mexican custom honors the lives of the deceased by sharing their favorite foods, drinks and the memories they enjoyed in life.

1. Halloween and Dia de los Muertos have different origins. Unlike Dia de los Muertos, Halloween originated in Europe. About 2,000 years ago, the Celts wore costumes to rid off spirits at the festival of Samhain, a festival celebrating the end of their year, a time when there was no clear boundary between the world of the living and that of the dead. Dia de los Muertos is a hybrid of the two-month long Aztec Festival of the Dead and the Catholic holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

2. Although Dia de los Muertos derives from the Aztec culture and Catholicism brought to Mexico by the Spanish conquistadores, other areas in Latin America and the United States partake in the custom.

3. Day of the Dead is celebrated on two days. Nov. 1 is the day to remember the children who died, and Nov. 2 welcomes the visit of the adults.

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Paintings hung for Dia de los Muertos celebration. Photo credit: File Photo/The SundialWidely used decorations and dancing skeletons. Photo credit: File Photo/The SundialTraditional Dia de los Muertos attire. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery presents the 16th annual Dia de los Muertos festival:

Dia De Los Muertos

Hollywood Forever Presents: Dia De Los Muertos
The theme for this years event is
Shamanic Visions of the Huichol
Saturday, October 24th, 2015: 12pm until 12am

The Ceremonial Altar Set-Up: Friday, October 23rd, 2015 – 3pm onward


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More event details:

General Admission: $20 per person – (please bring exact change)
Children 8 years and under free until 4pm
Seniors 65 and over free until 4pm

  • Dia de Los Muertos attire strongly encouraged – Come dressed in your finest Calaca apparel
  • Spend an eventful day relaxing and watching the evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with joyful celebrations
  • Enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and a wide spectrum of Day of the Dead arts and crafts available for purchase
  • Plan ahead where to park and please carpool
  • Pre-Purchase your tickets to avoid lines day of the event

Location Address:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Event Features:

  • A vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood’s Immortals with traditional Aztec blessings and Regional Musical-Dance group dedications
  • Musical performances by Grammy Award winning recording artists
  • 100+ Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones
  • Hundreds of Aztec Ritual Dancers in full costume
  • Three stages featuring music and theatrical performances
  • An Art Exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum curated by Luis Villanueva
  • A costume contest for the best dressed Calaca (skeleton)
  • A children’s arts project area presented by Artist & Craftsman Supply
  • Arts and Crafts vendors
  • Food vendors from around Los Angeles
  • Presentation of Altar winners – The judges will select the best altar of each of the following categories: Theme of Huichol, Traditional Altar, Contemporary Altar – the best of each category wins $3,000



ALTAR EXHIBITS 12pm – 12am
Winners announced at 7:30pm at Main Stage

Throughout the cemetery grounds

Make a Gods Eye • Arts & Crafts • Face Painting

Huichol Shaman “Blessing” 1:00pm
PROCESSION from entrance to main stage 1:00pm – 1:30pm – Led by Huichol Shaman

Photo booth – at chapel island inside main entrance
Winner announced at 7:30pm at Main Stage


  • Daniel Cervantes
  • Francisco Loza
  • Jesus Molina
  • Luis Alberto Saavedra
  • Luis Villanueva
  • Manuel Benitez
  • Manuel Sauceda
  • Mar Abella
  • Maria del Refugio Coronado
  • Mario Odasa
  • Mauricio Canas
  • Rogelio Hernandez
  • Salvador Rodriguez
  • Serafin Venegas

LA CATRINA STAGE 3:00pm – 9:30pm

  • Nayare – Folkloric Dance Group
  • Hermanos Rios – Musical Group
  • Libre Movimiento – Butho Dance
  • Jesús Angulo – Singer
  • Dance Art “WIXARITARI” special choreography debut
  • Malena Durán – Singer
  • Conjunto Hermanos Rios – Musical Group


  • Ballet Xhanat de Fiacro Castro
  • Ballet Internacional de Lucia Parra
  • Conjunto Tenocelomeh (Son Jarocho)
  • Conjunto Regional Alma Suriana (Nayarit)
  • Conjunto Jardin (Son Jarocho)
  • Along for the Ride (Bossanova)
  • Estampa Nayarit (Regional Alma Suriana)
  • Estampa Jarocha (Tenocelomeh)
  • Conjunto Zacamdu (Son Jarocho)
  • Emanuel Benitez “Manu” (Canta-Autor Nayarit)
  • Viento Callejero (Cumbia Urbana)
  • Son Cache (son Cubano, Salsa)


  • EL MARIACHI MANCHESTER ( The Smiths / Morrissey Mariachi Tribute)
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Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Are Completely Different

Dia De Los Muertos

In the past few years, Día de los Muertos – or Day of the Dead in English – costumes have been popping up at Halloween stores and parties. It’s understandable. People are drawn to the gorgeous imagery, where macabre meets magnificent.

The two-day holiday’s proximity to Halloween has led many to mislabel it as “Mexican Halloween,” a title that’s not only inaccurate, but culturally insensitive.

Amber Lena’s post, “Day of the Dead, Sugar Skulls, and the Question of Cultural Appropriation,” contrasts “spooky” Halloween with “bright, cheerful” Día de los Muertos and calls out Día de los Muertos imagery that is used for Halloween costumes as appropriation.

“All those ‘Pocahontas’ and Native American costumes you see each year? That’s cultural appropriation. But so are the ‘Mexican’ and ‘Sugar Skull’ costumes (and every other costume that seeks to mimic cultural or ethnic clothing),” Lena writes. “Painting your face like a sugar skull for Halloween? Definitely cultural appropriation.”

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600 Mariachis Needed To Break Guinness World Record

Mariachi World Record

Mariachi World Record

To celebrate the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium, the City of Pasadena and stadium officials announce that a record-breaking attempt of 600 mariachis are scheduled to perform at the Mexico vs. Panama match on Sunday, July 7, as part of the tournament’s opening doubleheader.  Distinguished guests include representatives from local cities, the Mexican and Panamanian consulates and celebrities.  GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® officials will be on hand to confirm the new record.

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Mariachi Record 2013 will be the largest serenade ever recorded of Mariachis singing together in unison. The serenade celebrates the inauguration of Gold Cup 2013 and the renovation of the Rose Bowl Stadium. Distinguished guests include representatives from both cities, the Mexican and Panamanian consulates, and celebrities. Guinness World Records officials will be on hand to confirm the new record.

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Mini Mariachi Sebastien de la Cruz ignores haters after National Anthem performance

SAN ANTONIO — A local boy who has won national attention through his appearances on a television singing competition has become the focal point of a social media storm.

Sebastien de la Cruz answered the call to sing the National Anthem before Game 3 of the NBA Finals after Darius Rucker canceled at the last minute. The 11-year-old had no idea how much people would be buzzing about the performance.

“When I started mariachi, I knew there was gonna be a lot of politics,” he said Wednesday. “And I’m just a proud American, to be honest.”

Those “politics” didn’t stop the talented singer from standing up at the AT&T Center in front of a national television audience to do what he loves — inspiring others.

After touching the hearts of the nation and bringing San Antonians to tears with his song, a flurry of racist tweets targeted the boy’s heritage.

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Mariachi Nuevo Real Releases “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” – Mexican Style

Calaca Records recording artist Mariachi Nuevo Real releases “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” / “Llévame Al Juego De Beisbol”. This American baseball classic has been arranged in Mariachi by Hector Rivera. Many professional baseball teams today are perfectly willing to acknowledge the importance of heritage in their efforts to court fans. In fact, the Dodgers’ organization of Los Angeles has a long history of promoting diversity and connecting with its Latin and multicultural fan base.

In Los Angeles the Latin symbolism is great and many Mexican heritage players choose to embrace it. 1st Baseman Adrian Gonzalez is fanatically recognized by his walk up song “El Mariachi Loco”.

Mariachi Los Muerto’s presents a collection of 14 popular at bat walk up songs including 2 versions of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” (one in english and one is spanish), plus Adrian Gonzalez’s popular walk up song “El Mariachi Loco“.

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American Idol Advances Mariachi Singing Victoria Acosta to Hollywood!


Victoria Acosta earned her golden ticket to Hollywood singing what she loves best: mariachi music.

The San Antonio, Texas, native represented her city and her Latin roots when she auditioned on “American Idol” Wednesday night.

“I started singing mariachi when I was 6 years old,” said Acosta on the show.

“My parents wanted me to be more involved with my culture so they got me in an all-girl mariachi group and we started performing and I fell in love with music.”

Acosta first sang Fergie’s popular tune “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and although she impressed the judges, it wasn’t until “Idol” veteran judge and music producer Randy Jackson asked her to sing mariachi that she left them speechless.

Victoria Acosta advanced to Hollywood while singing the Mariachi classic “Fue un placer conocerte”! The popular Mariachi track is available for download on:

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“The reason why I wanted you to do that is because you see the connection there, that’s the connection you need to have,” Jackson said as all of the other judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban agreed.

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Día De Los Reyes – Three Kings Day

Día De Los Reyes (Three Kings Day) may seem to fall outside of the December Holiday celebration; however, it’s part of the religious symbolism of Christmas, and it is celebrated In Mexico, as well as in other Latin American countries. Nowadays, in many places in the United States, such as New York City, Día de Reyes is becoming a popular celebration, and children especially, look forward to it every year.

Día de los Reyes is celebrated on January 6th., 12 days after Christmas. It is often viewed as the last day of the Christmas season, or the end of the 12 Days of Christmas. Dia de Reyes commemorates the arrival in Bethlehem of the three Wise Men: Melchior, Gaspar,and Balthazar who followed the Star of Bethlehem bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the baby Jesus.

Children anxiously await waking up on January 6th. to find toys, and gifts left by the Reyes Magos (The Three Wise Men). In some regions, it is customary to leave out shoes in which treasures may be deposited by the visiting Wise Men.

The Dia de los Reyes is celebrated with a merienda (a light supper) consisting of hot chocolate, and the “Rosca de Reyes” which is a huge oval sweet bread with dry fruit decorations, and sprinkled with sugar on top. Inside the bread, there is a ceramic doll which represents Baby Jesus.

The person who gets the piece of bread with the baby, must be the Godparent of Baby Jesus in the celebration of the Candelaria (Day Of Purification) on February 2nd., This is the day when the Nativity Scenes are put away, and the 2 months long celebration comes to an end.

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