The En­trada pageant, a cen­tury-old cos­tumed re-en­act­ment, has been re­placed by a new event: the Cel­e­bración de la Co­mu­nidad de Fe.

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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.

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