Making breakfast for 25,000 people sounds like a lot of hard work, doesn't it? And volunteering to crack all the eggs for the meal--just to keep the empty eggshells--sounds crazy! During San Antonio's annual Cowboy Breakfast, though, lots of volunteers are eager to help. That's because these eggshells will become cascarones (cas-cah-RONE-aze).
Cascarones means "eggshells" in Spanish. They are hollow eggs that have been dried, cleaned, decorated dec·o·rate
tr.v. dec·o·rat·ed, dec·o·rat·ing, dec·o·rates
1. To furnish, provide, or adorn with something ornamental; embellish.
2. , and then filled with confetti. The best way to use a cascarone is to smash it over someone else's head, preferably when he or she isn't expecting it. Remember, though, once you've surprised your friend, you're fair game to get "smashed," too.
People in Mexico and parts of the Southwest celebrate most happy occasions with at least a few cascarones--and some events call for thousands.
Confetti litters the street during San Antonio's ten-day fiesta, held each year in April. During one of its biggest events, Night in Old San Antonio San Antonio (săn ăntō`nēō, əntōn`), city (1990 pop. 935,933), seat of Bexar co., S central Tex., at the source of the San Antonio River; inc. 1837. , crowds go through more than 100,000 cascarones, using up plenty of those empty eggshells from the Cowboy Breakfast. People often ambush (language) AMBUSH - A language for linear programming problems in a materials processing and transportation network.
["AMBUSH - An Advanced Model Builder for Linear Programming", T.R. White et al, National Petroleum Refiners Assoc Comp Conf (Nov 1971)]. their friends with the colorful eggs. Then they spend the next morning shaking confetti and glitter out of their own hair after their friends get them back.
No one knows for sure how the fun of smashing cascarones began. They may have come from China to Italy during the 1400s to 1600s. At that time, Italians filled the empty shells with perfumed talcum tal·cum
talc, talcum powder. powder. Other European countries copied the idea. An emperor's wife probably brought cascarones to Mexico when Mexico was ruled by France. No matter how the eggshell smashing began, the eggs have been a joyful joy·ful
Feeling, causing, or indicating joy. See Synonyms at glad1.
joyful·ly adv. part of Easter festivities fes·tiv·i·ty
n. pl. fes·tiv·i·ties
1. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.
2. The pleasure, joy, and gaiety of a festival or celebration.
3. , dances, weddings, and parties in Mexico and in parts of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .
Many people in San Antonio make cascarones, and city schools often use them to raise money. You can make some yourself, with a little help.
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1. Have an adult nearby to help you. Use a spoon to carefully tap out a small hole (about the size of a nickel) in one end of a raw egg. Let the contents drip out into a cup. (If you have trouble getting the egg to come out, you can make a much smaller hole at the other end and gently blow out the contents.
2. Rinse the shell, inside and out, and et it dry completely. (Continued on the next page.
3. Paint, dye, or decorate the egg any way you like. Be careful not to crush the shell!
4. When the paint is dry, fill the egg with confetti, glitter, or cut-up newspaper. Using a funnel makes this easier.
5. Line the rim of the hole with glue.
6. Place a round piece of colored not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.
See also: Color paper over the hole. Tissue paper or leftover gift wrap works well. Press very gently until it holds.