This Saturday, May 5th, two amazing holidays landed on the same day! Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo! Americans love to binge drink for many reasons — holidays, birthdays, Tuesdays — but when two holidays land on the same day, things can get crazy. Derby Day is a Southern holiday that celebrates the Kentucky Derby, a horse racing extravaganza that takes place in Louisville, Kentucky. People from all over country (and world!) get to pretend they’re from the South for a little while as they bid on horses and wear funny hats. Cinco de Mayo (which is on May 5th, obvi) celebrates The Battle of Puebla which was a huge battle where the Mexicans defeated the French although they had a less powerful army.
So we have two really good reasons to day-drink, but how do we go about celebrating without neglecting one of the holidays? They’re pretty much polar opposites and have nothing in common. This Saturday, I will be in Chicago celebrating Cinco de Mayo by drinking mass quantities of tequila at my favorite Mexican restaurant. I was unaware that Derby Day was also on the 5th of May, so I had to put my brain to work. How could I take these two awesome holidays and create one huge mega awesome holiday? Cinco de Derby? Derby de Mayo? Cinco Derby Day? This is going to be just like Chrismukkah only so much better. Happy holidays everyone!
Katie is finishing up her undergrad at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She enjoys wasting hours on Facebook and tweeting things no one cares about. When asked the question, “Do you do marathons?” She promptly responds, “Of course! Which show?” Follow her @KatieGarrity! Or read her personal blog where she talks about Ryan Gosling and hummus a lot here!