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No matter where you live in Southern California, there's an undeniable influence of both Mexican culture, and Mexican culture as interpreted and reinterpreted by non-Mexicans, 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants, and everyone else in the melting pot. Don't get us wrong, we're not saying the pinata is the most profound of all of Mexico's cultural contributions?but we are huge fans of the pinata and the inevitable wedding pinata. We've seen this burgeoning micro-trend at two recent LA weddings. Here's why we love it and think it's going to stay around:
· In lieu of a cake, it's a nice, thrifty alternative.
· Highly customizable.
· High entertainment value.
· By this stage of the wedding life cycle, everyone is so keyed up and stressed out that presenting the bride and groom with baseball bats and telling them to beat the shit out of something is probably pretty therapeutic.
The pinata pictured above was put together in San Diego, but there is a thriving "pinata district" downtown (minus one that just got wiped out in a fire).
· The Land of a Thousand Pinatas [LA Downtown News]
· All Weddings Week content [Racked LA]