The more than 100 floats and vehicles involved in Sunday’s Historical Hysterical Parade, which started right on time at 1 p.m. and wound through the streets of downtown Santa Fe for exactly two hours, was a delightful show of community spirit. Visitors would enjoy the spectacle as well. It’s a great family outing.
The Historical Hysterical Parade started about 50 years ago. The event is part of Santa Fe Fiesta, a celebration of the peaceful re-entry of Diego de Vargas and his entourage into the City of Holy Faith, Santa Fe, in 1692. It takes place on the Sunday after Labor Day each year.
Fiesta is a celebration of all things Hispanic. Eight years after the death of De Vargas, Lt. Governor Paez Hurtado who had been one of this Captains and a close friend, influenced city officials to draft a proclamation for an annual celebration commemorating the peaceful 1692 resettlement. The 1712 proclamation establishing the first Fiesta de Santa Fe, was signed by Governor Marquez de La Peñuela. The document specified a mass, vespers, and a sermon, thus setting the religious tone still characterizing modern fiestas. (History Courtesy: Santa Fe Fiesta)
The parade echoed the historical roots of Fiesta with conquistadors on horseback, a mariachi band and church-themed floats. But it didn’t stop at that. The parade has expanded over the years to include political figures and statements. The parade continues to be a fun celebration of community with youth groups, non-profit organizations and bands parading before the onlookers.
Children love this parade! All through the event candy is distributed to eagerly waiting kids. It’s like Halloween with children filling their bags. A joyful experience overall.
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