Dear visitors and fellow Taoseños: On behalf of the Taos Fiesta Council and myself, we welcome you to our annual celebration, Las Fiestas de Taos. Our celebration represents the feast days of our patron saints Santiago y Santa Ana, Santiago, a Fisherman and Warrior, Santa Ana, the Mother of the Virgin Mary.
We thank God for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us over the past year and ask God’s grace in preparing us for yet another year.
The centuries-old tradition of Las Fiestas de Taos has been passed from generation to generation, and is our way of preserving the rich cultures that we have developed in Taos over the last 400 years. This festivity is an opportunity for each of us to unite in fellowship. It is a special time for families, friends and visitors to join together and enjoy each other’s company. It is a time to listen to the mariachi and to the traditional Northern New Mexico music that makes Taos so special. It is a time to taste the delicious food and to view the many talented groups performing Spanish flamenco, Mexican and New Mexican dances, and to experience the ambiance of Taos’ Historic Plaza.
Our theme for this year’s celebration is, “ This is about life in Taos, where our Grandparents implanted in us, as did their Grandparents before them, the importance of our families and friends, and all visitors to the Taos community, unite as one people.
We thank our past Reina and her court. We congratulate and welcome our new Reina and her Court and wish them well in representing Taos in all they do.
We welcome all of our neighboring Royal Courts and Cuadrillas in celebrating our culture and traditions. Without the support of the entire Taos community, we would not be able to continue with this age-old celebration, and thus we thank each and everyone for your generosity and help. The annual Las Fiestas de Taos belongs to the people of Taos, and the Taos Fiesta Council is honored to serve as stewards for you and your Fiesta.
We invite you and our visitors to tour and visit the many cultural and historic sites throughout the beautiful community of Taos. Stop in and visit the local shops and treat yourselves to the great food on the Historic Taos Plaza. Have a safe and festive Fiestas weekend. God Bless, y Que Dios los bendiga y Que vivan Las Fiestas!
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