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Enrique Limón

¡Que Viva!

Fiestas dawns anew

September 2, 2014, 12:15 am

“It’s a tradition that’s been around for over 300 years,” Santa Fe Fiesta Council President Gilbert A Romero tells SFR when asked to describe Fiestas. “It’s based on the religious events that took place the day that Don Diego de Vargas asked La Conquistadora—the Virgin Mary statue—to intercede and help him take Santa Fe back without bloodshed.”

Many could argue that de Vargas’ Sept. 12, 1962 repossession of La Villa Real was hardly a tea party, but Romero insists that the spirit of the yearly Fiestas commemoration goes far beyond that, reaching to the very fiber that is Santa Fe.

“It’s a huge honor to be a member of the Fiesta Council and get to do what we do, to continue to keep our tradition and culture alive—that’s what we’re all about. “

As such, a hearty serving of events is planned this week to continue the thread of the longest-running civic celebration of its kind in the country.

Events like the Art and Crafts Market on the Plaza, a slew of free musical performances on the bandstand and Fridays entrada, which features a Don Diego re-enactor along with his trusty cuadrilla.

“People are going to enjoy the masses that we’re gonna have—the pregón mass—which is Friday morning at 6 am,” Romero says. “It kicks off Fiestas. We start Fiestas with prayer and we end it with prayer.”

Surprises this year, Romero advances, include two-hour-long musical sets. But, at its core, what he likes the most are the celebration’s spiritual hues.

“My whole thing is the religious aspect,” he says. “I look forward to that every year; that’s what I love the most.”

2014 Fiesta de Santa Fe
For a full list of events,
visit santafefiesta.org

 

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