ALBUQUERQUE ―¡Iluminarte! is a one-of-a-kind, winter holiday celebration inspired by luminarias and farolitos—a New Mexico tradition.
This event is 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, and includes a magical light and bike parade along the Paseo del Bosque Trail in Albuquerque and short performances by Story Riders – a bilingual elementary school program focusing on bike safety and storytelling – with Circo Latino, AirDance New Mexico and Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero.
¡Iluminarte! is a creative partnership between the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Story Riders, the City of Albuquerque, Artful Life, Circo Latino, AirDance New Mexico and the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program.
The event begins with a 5 p.m. performance on the plaza of the National Hispanic Cultural Center by AirDance New Mexico with Story Riders (Dolores Gonzales, Reginald Chavez and Valle Vista elementary school students).
The illuminated bike parade begins on the plaza and follows the Paseo del Bosque Trail to the City of Albuquerque BioPark.
At 6 p.m., the NHCC’s Circo Latino and Story Riders perform during the “Magic Hour” of River of Lights.
At 6:45 p.m. the parade returns to the trail and rides to Tingley Beach where Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero and the Story Riders present poetry about luminarias and farolitos.
Finally, at 7 p.m., the parade rides back to the NHCC where everyone will enjoy hot chocolate and biscochitos in the History and Literary Arts Building.
All events are free and open to the public, including those who want to ride in the parade with the ¡Iluminarte! ensemble of performers. Kids and families are welcome to join the parade or simply attend the performances at each site.