The Entrada pageant, a century-old costumed re-enactment, has been replaced by a new event: the Celebración de la Comunidad de Fe.
The Celebración de la Comunidad de Fe takes place downtown at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, after the signing of a proclamation in the courtyard of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center establishing a commitment to the shared values of all Santa Feans in the spirit of reconciliation. The celebration opens with prayers in Tewa from Pueblo representatives, along with blessings from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and members of the Interfaith Leadership Alliance.
For many, Fiesta means good times on the Plaza — and good times are always made better with food. You can get a candy apple or cotton candy anywhere, but they go down better as desserts to local fare like chicharrón burritos, green chile cheeseburgers, Navajo tacos, and frybread. The food booths on the Plaza open at 9 a.m. to serve up Fiesta favorites all day and through the weekend.
The Plaza is also host to the Fiesta Fine Arts and Crafts Market, a free open-air market selling artwork, clothing, items for home decor, jewelry, pottery, and more. Shopping the market booths to the sounds of music, singing, and dancing makes for a memorable time on the Plaza. The arts and crafts booths open at 9 a.m. on Friday and continue through 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. Starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, the Bandstand gazebo provides the revelers with historic Pueblo and Aztec dances, Mexican folklórico dances, matachines dances that enact ritual dramas, musicians playing the traditional folk songs of Northern New Mexico and, of course, the jubilant and celebratory guitars, trumpets, violins, and other instruments of the mariachis — all of it a reflection of the vital and ongoing traditions of the Native and Hispanic cultures of New Mexico. The music and dancing stop just long enough for city, state, and county dignitaries to commemorate the annual Fiesta on the Bandstand at noon on Sept. 7. The music and revelry continue through the weekend to the joyful cries of “¡Viva la Fiesta!”
The Fiesta is not only a way to celebrate pride in the city and its people. Santa Feans love their pets, and they show it every year with the annual Pet Parade. This year’s parade, a tradition that dates back to the early 1920s, starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the New Mexico School for the Arts with the participation of more than 2,000 costumed children — not to mention pets. It’s a must-see crowd-pleaser.
For a complete schedule of Fiesta de Santa Fe events, see Page 48.