Officials making final preparations for Burning of Zozobra

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SANTA FE, N.M. – Old Man Gloom has been moved to his final spot. He, along with thousands of glooms, will burn Friday night. 

Organizers say they’re expecting more than 50,000 people to attend the burning of Zozobra in Santa Fe.

With that many people, officials say security is a top priority.

“You know, unfortunately, we all know the kind of world that we live in. Our first priority is to keep everybody safe. So we have multiple layers of security, and we have various law enforcement to respond if we have an incident,” said Ray Sandoval, chairman of the event.  

If you are heading to the event, the venue is not allowing any bags or purses inside unless they’re clear. 


If you don’t want to drive there are options like busses. They will start running at 5 p.m. Friday from the South Capitol parking lot.

There are other options if you’re coming from Albuquerque. 

“So take the Rail Runner, we actually paid to have another Rail Runner stick around and wait to take you back to Albuquerque,” said Sandoval. “We also have an ADA shuttle. It’s important for us that folks who have mobility issues can participate. You can pick up that ADA shuttle at the South Capital Rail Station as well.”

People won’t be able to park at Fort Marcy Park or in the neighborhood surrounding the park.  

But, there are places to park in downtown Santa Fe or Santa Fe Plaza. Or, you can park at the South Capitol parking lot.

To buy tickets and see what can and can’t be brought to the venue, click here.