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Celebrating a Mexican Christmas tradition in Southeast Baltimore
Celebrating a Mexican Christmas tradition in Southeast Baltimore

The women balance on ladders, stretching up to hang bright pinatas from the ceiling of the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown. The bold yellow pinata with the red flowers should move a little to the right, one says. The green-and-gold pinata must be higher, another directs. The women — Mexican immigrants who live in Southeast Baltimore — tease one another, discuss sales of their work and squint up at the ceiling. Outside the gallery walls, the women are mothers and grandmothers. They clean hotels and they bus tables. Many are undocumented immigrants. But in here, they are artists. "We want to continue the tradition so we do not lose it," master pinata maker Aurelia...

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