The burro is tied to a rope which is thrown over a tree and hauled high into the air, making it difficult for the creature to escape its fate.
The burro is swung upon its rope to disorient the creature while a group of people surround the burro.
The people are blindfolded one by one, reminiscent of the executioners of old, and given a stick to beat the burro with.
If the rope doesn't hold the burro, it must be restrung and the ritual begins again.
But even so, sometimes the burro wins.
Another person will come and take the place of the burro beater. They too will be blindfolded, the burro will be swung, and they will take a wack at it with their stick.
Trophies are made out of the pieces of burro they manage to dislodge.
The innards of the burro will be consumed or given to children to play with.
The ritual of the burro sacrifice is a time honored tradition of Cinco de Mayo. It must occur year after year in order to secure a favorable harvest in the coming fall. I highly recommend everyone go out into the world and purchase the sacrifical burro today so that we might have a bountiful harvest this year. Also it's fun to beat things with sticks!