Culture Rich ‘Fiestas de Taos’ July 19-20

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TAOS News:

The centuries old, culturally rich celebration of Fiestas de Taos will take place in Taos through Sunday, July 20 and includes festivities in honor of the feast days of Taos’ Catholic patron saints, St. Anne and St. James (Santa Ana y Santiago).

One of Taos’ staple annual events, Fiestas de Taos features live music donated by local talent, traditional dances, parades, and special presentations along with food and crafts vendors and activities for children. A Fiesta Queen is traditionally selected among local contenders during the fiesta as well.

The fiestas began Friday with live music throughout the day, followed by a fiesta mass at 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and a procession with Mariachi Encantadoras del Rio Grande.

Today, the Children’s Parade will float down Taos Plaza at 10 a.m. followed by a full day of fun and live musical performances, ending at 10 p.m.

Sunday, hear the ethereal sounds of the St. Francis Choir beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by musical performances. The historical parade leaving from the Taos County Courthouse will begin at noon and end at the U.S. Post Office; followed by music, a special community presentation and closing ceremonies at 3:30 p.m., with closing ceremonies at 7 p.m.

For a full schedule of performances, events, times and to register to participate in the parades, visit All events are free.