Racists rush to condemn Mexican entry in the 2010 Rose Parade

“Mexican officials plan to kick off a year’s worth of bicentennial events, commemorating their independence with a float at the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade,” according to the O.C. Register

Predictably, the Mexican haters are falling all over themselves in their rush to malign anything Mexican.

Barbara Coe, who heads up the Mexican-hating organization called the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) told the Register, “I’m not going to go this year. I can tell you that. “There are others who are not really happy about it either. I’ve had a few e-mails and some calls.”

“The float, which features an Aztec calendar and pyramid, marks the first time in more than 40 years that the Mexican government has participated in the parade. The float will be decorated by Mexican immigrants and their families and will kick off a year of festivities for the country’s 200th birthday. The last time the Mexican government presented a float in the parade was in 1968, when the country hosted the Olympics,” according to the L.A. Times.

Picture Courtesy of the L.A. Times (Irfan Khan)

Mexico’s consul general in Los Angeles, Juan Marcos Gutierrez-Gonzalez told the L.A. Times, “For Mexicans living in Los Angeles, there is going to be a matter of pride,” he said. “It’s announcing to the world: ‘It’s our 200th birthday.'”

The float showcases symbols of Mexico’s culture and history, including a relief sculpture of an eagle with a snake in its mouth and floral portraits of founding fathers Miguel Hidalgo and Francisco Madero. Across the middle of the float, about 50,000 roses will spell out “Mexico — 2010” under red, white and green pennants.

The designer, Raul R. Rodriguez, was raised in Boyle Heights and is of Mexican descent. Rodriguez said he worked with consular officials to create a float that would highlight pivotal events in the country’s history as well as capture the colors, smells and sounds of the nation. 

The float is designed and built by Fiesta Parade Floats, located in Pasadena. They are the leading award winning float-builder in the Tournament of Roses Parade with an impressive 67 percent winning rate averaged over the past twenty years, the highest award rate in the Rose Parade industry.

Congratulations to the people of Mexico.  I look forward to watching the Rose Parade on TV.


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