Trump Piñata
Restaurateur and artist, Francis Rodriguez is making a political statement this Cinco de Mayo at his St. Louis restaurant. Courtesy Photo

In preparation of the St. Louis’ premier Cinco de Mayo Mexican celebration on historic Cherokee Street, a huge Donald Trump piñata sitting on a golden throne will be unveiled by St. Louis City restaurateur and artist, Francis Rodriguez on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 pm.

The “El Trumpo Piñata” will be on display at Yaquis Pizza and Wine Bar (2728 Cherokee, St. Louis, MO 63118) in promotion of their Cinco de Mayo celebration where, upon dusk (approximately 9:00 pm) on Saturday, May 7, 2016, kids will be able to battle the piñata in an effort to grab as much of the candy that falls out.

“This is our political statement,” says Rodriguez. He further states, “I see Donald Trump as a dangerous character. We are trying to get people to think about him and about what he really stands for. We don’t have much power in the greater society versus those like Donald Trump who dominates the airwaves. Therefore, only weapon we have is ridicule. We are making fun of Trumpo. This event is meant to be an inclusive event for the entire family!”

Rodriguez first implemented the idea in August, 2015 when he crafted a 9’ “El Trumpo” piñata for the Mexican Independence Day celebration on the Cherokee Street – Their tagline was “El Trumpo Takes a Dumpo.” With a few local artists, they spent a week in the basement of his humble, fire roasted pizza and wine bar (Yaquis Pizza and Wine Bar) pasting papier mache together to create a masterpiece that was then struck down by neighborhood kids in front of a crowd of about 1000 people.

This year, in keeping with the theme of his artistry, and, in the lobby of his second restaurant under construction on Cherokee Street, Rodriguez is planning another epic display of presidential candidate Donald Trump by creating a bigger and better “El Trumpo” piñata. Standing 10’ high and 5.5’ wide, several artists are currently in the final stages of creating the piñata so it can be unveiled this Wednesday.

EL Trumpo will be on display at Yaquis from its’ unveiling until its’ demise at the Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 7, at the main stage located next to Yaquis (Iowa and Cherokee). The piñata will also be carried down Cherokee in the Cinco de Mayo parade.

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