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!
Check out some footage of the Border Patrol Tamalada on Univision