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Fiesta de Santa Fe has a long history, having been held every year since 1712 to celebrate the retaking of the city in 1692 by Don Diego de Vargas after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The burning of Zozobra, Old Man Gloom, starts three days of celebration that include: mass at Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi; a reenactment of the Entrada, when de Vargas returned to the city; a Children's Pet Parade; the Historical/Hysterical Parade; the Fiesta Ball and Roman Catholic masses of thanksgiving. These pictures are from the 2005 Entrada.
Mariachi Band on the Santa Fe Plaza
According to Wikipedia, mariachi is a type of musical group, originally from Jalisco, in Mexico. Usually a mariachi consists of at least two violins, two trumpets, one Mexican guitar, one vihuela (a high-pitched, five-string guitar) and one guitarrón (a small-scaled acoustic bass). The vihuela and guitarrón must be included for a group to be considered a mariachi. They dress in silver studded charro outfits with wide-brimmed hats. The original mariachi were Mexican street musicians or buskers.
During the Fiesta de Santa Fe on Labor Day weekend, the Mariachi Extraveganza de Santa Fe is held at the Opera House; however, mariachi bands also stroll around the Plaza singing and playing.
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