‘Fiestas de Taos’ celebration set for July 17-19

TAOS —Taos is celebrating its annual Fiestas de Taos this weekend (July 17–19) with three full days of events in honor of the feast days of Taos’ Catholic patron saints, St. Anne and St. James (Santa Ana y Santiago).

Fiestas de Taos begins on Friday, July 17 at noon with live music throughout the day with a special Fiesta Mass and Procession at Our Lady of Guadalupe with Mariachi Azteca. Opening ceremonies will be held beginning at 7 p.m. at Historic Taos Plaza followed by more live performances until 10 p.m.

On Saturday, July 18, a Children’s Parade will float down Taos Plaza at 10 a.m. followed by a full day of live entertainment and activities.

Then on Sunday, July 19, the ethereal sounds of the St. Francis Choir will begin the day’s events at 9:30 a.m. followed by a historical parade leaving from the Taos County Courthouse at noon. A special community presentation celebrating centuries of Taos Art will take place at 3 p.m. Live music will continue until 7:30 p.m.

Fiestas de Taos is a way of preserving the rich tri-culture of Taos over the last four centuries. It is a culture unique to Taos, encompassing both pueblo and plains Indians, Spanish explorers, conquistadores, French fur trappers and American Mountain men.

A Fiesta Queen is traditionally selected among local contenders during the fiesta as well.

For a complete schedule of performances, events, times, and to register to participate in the parades, visit fiestasdetaos.com/calendar. All events are free.

—Staff Report