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- Posted:Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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Burn Zozobra in Santa Fe
His demise is used every year as a way of starting the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe on the weekend after Labour Day. The Fiestas party started in 1712 to celebrate the recapturing of New Mexico by Don Diego de Vargas. Shuster himself designed Zozobra until 1964, after which time he gave his sketches to the Kiwanis Club, a group dedicated to providing community services and which is celebrating its 89th anniversary in 2010. The burning itself sounds like a fun thing to go to - 2001's event had over 32,000 spectators so at least you'll be in good company if you do go. I imagine it'll be nice and warm as well.
If you're looking for some Santa Fe culture but don't want to risk catching on fire, there's a wine and chile fiesta towards the end of the month that will give you some time to relax.