Updated after the jump with the sheriff's department and the CHP jumping in on the fun.
A victory over the French is like saying you beat Andy Dick only using your left hand. Too easy. Still, any excuse is a good excuse to party, and, to be fair, Cinco de Mayo has become America's second-favorite beer holiday (next to St. Patrick's Day). (Really they should just call it what it really is -- Cinco de Gringo).
So draw up your checklist: Sombrero that makes you look like a true drunktard. Check. Tequila. Of course. Beer. Yes (but go with a bright lager like Tecate instead of that syrup they call Corona -- please). Designated driver? Yes.
The LAPD will be out in force, and there's nothing they'd rather do than bust idiots in sombreros. Here's the 411:
-They've got a DUI saturation patrol in "Northeast" (Los Feliz, East Hollywood, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, etc.) set for tonight. That's Cinco Eve to you hardcore celebrants.
-Then the cops hit the Foothill area (Pacoima, Sun Valley, Panorama City ... ) on Cinco proper. That's Thursday.
-Ah, but the weekend has just begun: On Friday it's DUI checkpoint time in Hollywood at Sunset Boulevard and Genesee Avenue from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Finally, on Saturday the department gives us another checkpoint, this one at Sherman Way and Kelvin Avenue in Canoga Park from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Ay, Dios mio.
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Update: The L.A. County Sheriff's Department states it will be ...
... deploying overtime patrols onto city streets while CHP will be saturating the freeways and unincorporated communities. They will be looking for the signs of a drunk driver to stop, test and arrest if they have had too much alcohol.
First posted at 8:03 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4.