Local taxi drivers offer tourists a ride to see a donkey show in the red light district. The shows are difficult to verify and may be urban legends, but anecdotal accounts are frequent. Author Jim Dawson writes: "No doubt there are clandestine clubs that have put these sordid floorshows on display, but if every man who claims he actually saw one is telling the truth, there must be a lot of bowlegged women hobbling around Tijuana."
The "donkey show" in Tijuana myth is deeply embedded in US popular culture, and it is occasionally given as a reason to visit Tijuana. From time to time one may come across naive tourists going up and down La Coahuila street, unsuccessfully trying to find the show.
More recently the term has been used to describe a situation that has become a "complete mess".
^New West. 1981. One of the drivers offered to drive me to a donkey show. In Tijuana's past the donkey show was always rumored to exist
^"Ethnic, sexual slurs pervade bar". Denver Post. June 8, 2005. Retrieved 2010-05-21. Although donkey shows in Tijuana and other border towns are impossible to verify, the Internet is rife with anecdotal accounts of brothel bestiality.
^"On the Borders". Chicago Tribune. March 17, 2002. Retrieved 2010-05-21. I did ask Ricardo Lizarraga about Tijuana donkey shows. He laughed. I havent heard the donkey show rumor in years he said. It's like an urban legend