Tamalada Border Patrol style

Not in celebration of la Virgen de Guadalupe or Christmas, but Chief Patrol Agent Robert Harris of the Laredo Border Patrol hosted a TAMALADA which is a Mexican tradition during the holiday season! How very cool and not expected of Border Patrol. I think the agency might be getting hip as it continues to grow… or maybe not. It does make for good public relations, though.

Unfortunately, this invitation created a conflict in my household with the definition of what is a tamalada. In my understanding, it is a big tamal-making gathering where you all pitch in to do your part for the big feast. My partner on the other hand said “You are crazy, it is a party to go eat tamales.” He told me to go tell BP Chief Harris to start preparing to embarrar hojas (the part of the preparation where you put the corn meal mix on the corn husk) to which, I had no response other than that a traditional tamalada is to make tamales. I still think I am right. It doesn’t matter because local bloggers were not invited 😦 – or maybe they were but I wasn’t, ha!

The invitation sent to many local leaders in Laredo for the annual Tamalada at Border Patrol offices

Check out some footage of the Border Patrol Tamalada on Univision

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9 Responses to Tamalada Border Patrol style

  1. Poncho1950 says:

    I hope you didn’t bet any money, my friend. According to
    La Academia Mexicana de la Lengua:.

    tamalada o tamaleada. f. Fiesta en que los tamales son el platillo principal y muchas veces se sirve también atole. But tamalear is to make tamales, so by extension a tamaleada is the occasion when tamales are made, por lo menos en el habla popular.
    Apropos of tamales: In English, people say they had “a tamale.” I tell them that one is called a “tamal.” It’s a losing battle, but I’m not giving in.

  2. rick78 says:

    Tamalada is a Navidad tradition . Also any Matachine footage on Guadalupe day ?

  3. shoppinggirl says:

    you are correct, a traditional tamalada is where people (generally family) gather to MAKE tamales. usually during the holidays. i’m assuming your partner is a male due to his response because at most tamalada’s, it’s the women who make them and the men who eat them so that just might be his experience… they certainly don’t make themselves though.

    • Que Fregados says:

      He is male – I am just too old to call him a “boyfriend” so what else is there? Significant other is too long and since everyone in his field is a “partner”, that just stuck.

      There should be dictionaries with definitions for men and definitions for women – just kidding. Several people sent me emails that it can mean both.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Well, I trust last year’s mistake was corrected in that the local, anonymous blogger was invited. Regardless of the correct definition of “tamalada”, Laredo, I have found, is a great place to be during the Christmas holidays. We have many wonderful friends, law enforcement partners, elected officials, supportive citizens – and bloggers – within our community. Our “tamalada” is simply a way of saying “thank you” for the support afforded to our dedicated men and women throughout the year, support we do not take for granted, but for which we are very thankful.

    Happy Holidays,

    Robert L. Harris
    Chief Patrol Agent
    Laredo Sector U.S. Border Patrol

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