Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Santa Fe Fiesta; 400th Anniversary Celebration
This weekend, the city of Santa Fe was alive with celebration...400 years worth!
The event commemorates Don Diego De Vargas' peaceful reoccupation of the City of Holy Faith in 1692. On the streets you could hear "Viva la Fiesta," an expression people have been shouting with thanks and pride for 297 years.
The Plaza was a labyrinth of local craftsmen and food vendors offering traditional menu items like fry bread, sweet with sugar or savory with mutton stew, roasted corn, tacos, fajitas, and refreshing homemade lemonade with infusions of sweet fruit juices.
This was a true fiesta, unlike the various festivals that occur here through the summer. All day and into the evening, the sound of Mariachi enlivened the spirit of the occasion. You could hear the music throughout the Plaza calling you to dance, eat, celebrate a history no longer remote, just a few blocks away from Don Gaspar Inn.