One of the oldest civic celebrations in New Mexico, Fiesta has been celebrated in Santa Fe (a stone throw from Albuquerque) since 1712. In 1924, artist Will Shuster created a hideous marionette that he called Zozobra. The then 20-foot-tall bogeyman represented humanity’s glooms. To set everyone free of such glooms, this giant specter was set ablaze, enabling the Fiesta to begin in earnest.
On September 5, 2013, Old Man Gloom will burn for the 89th time. This year, the Santa Fe City Council has approved a streamlined parking and transportation plan for this event. The city will charge visitors a flat fee of $5 to park in all city downtown parking facilities from 4 p.m. to midnight on the day of the event. There will also be expanded bus service from the South Capitol Rail Runner station, as well as the few bus fares that have been offered in the past.
The burning of Zozobra will take place at Santa Fe’s Fort Macy Park. There will be modified shuttle service to transport visitors from the various parking lots to a location near the event site. Attendees will also need to purchase tickets. Get details by calling 1-855-ZOZOBRA.