Las Posadas (Pershing Square), 1953
Supplementary material reads: "Release immediately. Bill Stout, DBMA, MIchigan 1213. A swarm of excited youngsters had a preview of Christmas last night (Thursday) at the Pershing Square ice rink, in a celebration of Las Posadas, the ancient Mexican Yule ceremony. The program, sponsored by the Downtown Business Men's Association, touched on none of the religious aspects of the festival. Instead, brightly costumed youngsters from Olvera St. were joined by children from the audience and all were blindfolded. then, armed with sticks, they tried to break the pinata, a colorful earthenware container crammed with gifts. It was filled in Mexico City and flown here especially for the Downtown celebration by Compania Mexicana de Aviacion, a Pan American affiliate. With the help of three bearded, costumed gentlemen playing the Three Kings of the Christmas story, the children finally broke the pinata. They scrambled for the presents strewn across the ice and presented some to other youngsters on the sidelines. The Troubadors of Olvera St. provided Christmas music, singing the ancient songs of Las Posadas. The program was arranged by Sra. Consuelo Castillo de Bonzo, who explained the meaning of Las Posadas to the audience. After the ceremony, professional skaters took over the ice for the regular evening skating exhibition. Sessions are scheduled for 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., daily except Sunday until Christmas."
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