Nothing says Fiesta more than slamming a brightly colored eggshell filled with confetti on top of someone’s head. While this is truly one of life’s pleasures, there are some rules that need to be established when going to a Fiesta event where cascarones will be. Here, for the first time ever, are some proposed guidelines and etiquette for cracking cascarones.
1) Any attendee of a public, outdoor Fiesta event may crack a cascaron on any other attendee at that same event.
2) You will be one of the first to be cascaroned if you say, “No one better crack a cascaron on me!”
3) A minimum of two cascarones shall be cracked on you if you say, “Really. No one better crack a cascaron on me. I’m serious.”
4) You should not crack a cascaron on someone who says, “Really. No one better crack a cascaron on me. I have long frizzy hair and it is impossible to get all the confetti out in time for work tomorrow.”
4b) The long, frizzy haired person is fair game if she cracks a cascaron on anyone else during the course of the evening.
5) Do not slam a cascaron on someone’s head. This hurts. A lot. Instead, crush the eggshell in your hand and smear the confetti in the other person’s hair. Slamming someone on the head, especially a drunk someone, could lead to hard feelings or a fight. Use some tact before you crack.
6) A person who gets a trace amount of confetti in their beer (where a trace amount is defined as a single layer that takes up less than a third of the top surface area of the beer) is in no place to complain. Rather, that person should rejoice that it is Fiesta, chug the beer and immediately crack a cascaron on another person.
7) A person who gets a good amount of confetti in their beer (where a good amount is substantially more than a trace amount) is owed a fresh beer from the person who cracked the cascaron on them.
8) No cascaron should be cracked indoors (with the exception of the German hall at NIOSA) without implicit (ie cascarones are available at the party) or explicit permission of the host.
9) Rule eight applie to private outdoor Fiesta parties as well.
These are the current list of guidelines and etiquette that I have for cracking cascarones during this fiesta season. If, however, you are dying to crack a cascaron on someone’s head but it would violate one of these rules, consider downloading my iPhone app called Cascarone for a virtual, mess free way of cracking cascarones! Did I miss any rules? Let me know. ¡Viva Fiesta!
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