Fiesta de Santa Fe moves forward without the Entrada
September 07, 2018 06:27 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. - Fiesta de Santa Fe got off to a much different start this year.
For the first time, the Entrada, a pageant reenacting the Spanish reoccupation of Santa Fe following the Pueblo revolt, was missing from the event.
Last year, a large group of people protested the Entrada. This year, a smaller group protested that the Entrada was replaced by a prayer.
“This is our heritage and this is our culture and no one should have the right to change history for any reason. This is history,” said Stella Padilla.
But after the event got underway the protesters quickly quieted down. The Celebration of Community Faith is meant to unite people from all backgrounds through prayer.
“Today what we’re celebrating at this moment is a day of peace,” said Manuel Garcia, who was part of the debate. “And we’ve invited people from the interfaith alliance to come and celebrate with us along with the other Pueblo leaders.”
The celebration is a result of a yearlong conversation between the All Pueblo Council of Governors, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, the City of Santa Fe, Los Caballeros de Vargas and the Santa Fe Fiesta Council, who all agreed it was time to retire the controversial reenactment and replace it with something that would unite instead of divide.
“It’s not about separating any cultures it’s about bringing all of the cultures together as one,” said Garcia.
Created: September 07, 2018 06:27 PM
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