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Fiesta De Santa Fe 2020: Organizers adapt celebration to COVID-19 restrictions

Kai Porter
Updated: September 08, 2020 11:48 AM
Created: September 06, 2020 05:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Santa Fe’s annual Fiesta De Santa Fe celebration normally draws thousands of people to the plaza for a tradition that’s been celebrated for more than 300 years, but this year organizers say things will look a little different due to COVID-19.

"We had decided that it was in the best interest that any events on the Santa Fe Plaza we would need to cancel just due to the restrictions in place by the governor,” said Aaron Garcia, president of the Fiesta Council.

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Garcia said they’ll still hold a series of masses for Fiesta this year that’ll run Thursday through Sunday. People can register to attend in person, but space will be limited under the governor’s public health order. The masses will also be streamed online.

"This year what we're doing is we're really concentrating on the religious aspects of what fiesta is about and that's through prayer, masses, sermon, vespers, and procession,” Garcia said.

Even though this year’s fiesta won’t come with all the same activities, Garcia said the community will still unite to carry on the tradition.

"It’s in honor of our Lady, and peace and peace within our community, so that's the basics and that's our mission this year—it's about peace, especially with everything that we're all dealing with in all communities and being together as one with our communities, our Pueblos, and what does that look like this year, so that's what we're praying for this year,” he said.

To learn more about the event schedule, click here.


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