After exiting the performance of "Cats" at the Gallo Center on May 3, we were greeted with car radios blaring and a parade of cars inching along the street. The cars were decorated; most had been washed and preened as for a parade, and I immediately was reminded of "American Graffiti" and the June nights we enjoyed sitting on the sidewalks of McHenry Avenue watching and listening. I began to wonder why this was happening. And then I noticed: Almost every car had a Mexican flag on it, the music was Mexican and a few of the cars were low-riders.
I don't have a problem with Mexicans celebrating Cinco de Mayo, but how come there is a law against us celebrating an American custom like Graffiti Night? The police were out on that Saturday night, but I didn't see many stops being made despite the traffic at a virtual standstill in front of the Gallo Center and up McHenry Avenue almost to Briggsmore Avenue.