Queens for a life­time

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La Reina de la Fi­esta is a mod­ern in­ven­tion with roots dat­ing back to Don Diego de Var­gas’ re­con­quest of Santa Fe in 1692-1693. The first Fi­esta queen, Amalia Sena-Sanchez, was crowned in 1927, three years af­ter the inau­gu­ral burn­ing of Zo­zo­bra. Many for­mer queens re­mem­ber their reigns as a piv­otal time in their lives — a rite of pas­sage to adult­hood. Although La Reina is a civic fig­ure — her du­ties in­clude vis­it­ing schools and nurs­ing homes and par­tic­i­pat­ing in pro­ces­sions — her role is deeply tied to Catholi­cism. On the cover is Juan Rios’ pho­to­graph of the coro­na­tion of Linda Marie Romero-Esquibel, 1978’s Fi­esta queen; im­age cour­tesy the Palace of the Gover­nors Photo Ar­chives (NMHM/DCA), Neg­a­tive No. HP.2014.14.634.

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