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May 5, 2000 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a majestic 1962 Chevy Impala, painted black and lowered very close to the ground. Paul Andrade, a retired potato factory worker, has spent years polishing its chrome wheels. Sometimes he takes it out to cruise the main drag in this small farm town, past the grain elevators and feed stores. This Saturday, when his Impala rumbles past the town square, Andrade will open a new chapter in Rupert's history. A troop of young men pedaling low-rider bicycles will make history too.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alarmed that the real meaning of Cinco de Mayo has been lost in a blizzard of beer promotions, a band of protesters on Thursday declared their intent to reclaim the holiday from alcohol companies and other commercial interests. At a sidewalk demonstration outside the Hollywood offices of KLVE-FM radio, the group pushed for alcohol-free celebrations and called on county officials to withdraw the Spanish-language station's permit to stage the Budweiser Cinco de Mayo Fest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2000 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Montezuma is telling the story of the Spanish conqueror Cortes' slaughter of the Aztec people of Mexico. It is brutal: "They cut off their heads, their arms, their legs," says Montezuma. It is tragic: "Aztec warriors were being killed by the thousands. They fought bravely, but on Aug. 13, 1521, the Aztecs surrendered to the Spaniards." The gathered schoolchildren are rapt. Montezuma wears a headdress of red, black and yellow feathers. "When you leave here today, go in peace," he concludes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2000 | AGUSTIN GURZA
Well, it's that time of year again. I've got them over-hyped, beer-guzzling, hot-and-dusty Cinco de Mayo Blues. Some people get depressed at Christmas. I get in a funk over a Mexican holiday I never even heard of until I was in college. I ask you: How can a holiday have magic or meaning without childhood memories? I remember Thanksgiving feasts, egg hunts on Easter Sunday, paper shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day and family barbecues on the Fourth of July.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2000 | ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sunday's Fiesta Broadway was billed as the largest free Cinco de Mayo celebration in the nation. With an estimated half-million people crowding 36 blocks of downtown, dancing to 55 mini-concerts on six stages, and, of course, waiting for hours in line to scoop freebies from a seemingly endless procession of sponsor booths (Toothpaste, anyone? Cereal? Pens?), it certainly had the feel of the largest such thing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2000 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Downtown Los Angeles was transformed into a children's paradise Sunday during the 11th annual Fiesta Broadway, leaving first-time festival-goers Amanda Boczek and Cynthia Carrillo of Van Nuys all smiles. "We really like the music," said Cynthia, 7, as she and her 11-year-old best friend held hands, eagerly waiting for their turn to ask a clown to shape pink and blue flower-shaped balloons for them. Cynthia's mother, Daisy Garcia, shared their enthusiasm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2000
Re "A Day of Pride, Prey to an Ad Blitz," April 23. After reading Professor [Juana] Mora's concerns regarding the alcohol industry and Cinco de Mayo celebrations, I guess we should send in the National Guard to confiscate all of the guns pointed at the heads of Latino youth, forcing them into the liquor stores to buy booze. I've lost touch with my cultural heritage, but somehow I manage to limit my alcohol consumption to three drinks per week, and show up to work every day. I notice increased alcohol advertising around the 4th of July holiday, yet I never forget that that holiday is meant to celebrate our Declaration of Independence from an oppressive government.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2000 | ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Well, damas y caballeros, ladies and gentlemen, it's that time of year again, when downtown streets are closed to traffic from Hill to Spring and Olympic to 1st, and half a million people pour in for Fiesta Broadway, billed as the world's largest free Cinco de Mayo celebration. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Sunday. As in the previous 10 years, this year's festival will feature live music, food vendors and children's activities.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2000
Jazz radio station KLON-FM (88.1) will hold its second annual Cinco de Mayo Dance Concert on May 5 at the Hollywood Palladium. The lineup will include Poncho Sanchez, Son Mayor, Bobby Matos and Yeska. The 7 p.m. to midnight concert will be heard live on the radio station, hosted by Jose Rizo, who hosts KLON's "Jazz on the Latin Side." Tickets are $75 a pair. Information: (562) 985-5588, or http://www.klon.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1999 | From Times staff and wire reports
Knott's Berry Farm will pay more than $13,000 by the end of the week to the city of Buena Park to reimburse it for police overtime and other costs incurred during the park's ill-fated Cinco de Mayo promotion. "We've always reimbursed them for costs," park spokesman Bob Ochsner said. "The only difference is that this wasn't planned." Thousands of teens ditched school May 5 to take advantage of Knott's 5-cent admission price. By 10 a.m.
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