An expat from California is preparing for scores of guests today for a piñata party that’s meant to send a message to the United States.
Greg Casini’s party today will allow Americans and their Mexican neighbors to vent their feelings about the Republican nominee in the presidential election north of the border.
Donald Trump’s insulting rhetoric against Mexico and its citizens has created a minor fad — Donald Trump piñatas. And Casini has one ready to be whacked today.
With help from Carlos Jiménez of the catering company Moveable Feast Yucatán, Casini is inviting like-minded people for a celebration in his lavish home in the La Ermita section of Mérida.
In response to Trump’s promise that as president, he will build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it, Casini is providing the bricks.
“Everyone will have a chance to decorate a brick in the wall that we will be building (each brick is a sizable cardboard box that I will provide),” Casini stated on his Facebook page. “I have markers and crayons. You are welcome to bring other materials to decorate your piece of the wall.”
After the wall is built, attendees will have the pleasure of knocking it down to indicate their dismay at Trump’s policies.
The concept invited discussion on social media.
“Ya’ll have fun being real nasty!” responded one expat.
“No, no — It’s a love trumps hate party — no need for nasty,” replied another. “We all know by now that nasty doesn’t change anyone’s mind.”
The party earned the attention of the broadsheet Diario de Yucatán, which reported on the event in their Saturday edition.
Casini first made a splash in the expat community when his home, Casa de Las Torres, was opened to the public in a 2014 Showcase of Homes fundraiser for Fundación BAI.