President's Welcome: ¡Bienvenidos!

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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. We invite you to celebrate the feast days of our patron saints Santiago y Santa Ana. 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, “Dios, Familia, Amigos y Comunidad; God, Family, Friends and Community; Las Fiestas de Taos”. This is about life in Taos, where our grandparents instilled upon us — as did their grandparents before them— "siempre Dios primero," ("always God first"). It brings to light the importance of our families and friends, and all visitors to Taos, and how very important it is to have our tricultural community come to together as one people.

We thank our past reina, and congratulate and welcome our new reina and her court. We wish them well in representing Taos in all that 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. Have a safe and festive Las Fiestas weekend. ¡Que Dios los bendiga y que vivan Las Fiestas!

– Anna Herrera, President, Taos Fiesta Council

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