iViva la Fiestas! in Santa Fe this Friday at 2 p.m.

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Events, Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By stevelarese on September 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Venture to the City Different and travel 319 years into to the past to witness the Entrada de Don Diego De Vargas–the Return of Don Diego de Vargas, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. in Santa Fe’s historic Plaza. The re-enactment commemorates the “bloodless” reconquest of Santa Fe by the Spanish in 1692, after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt forced the Spanish to retreat to El Paso, Texas. The Spanish leader, don Diego de Vargas, promised that if he was able to successfully reclaim Santa Fe for Spain, he would hold an annual mass in Our Lady of Guadalupe’s honor. The Native Americans, tired of raids by other tribes and told that they would enjoy more rights now under the Spanish, agreed to allow the Spanish to return. Every year since then, a reenactment of the entrada is held, and the original statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is taken from St. Francis Cathedral and paraded through downtown Santa Fe. A proclamation is read, and Native Americans from area pueblos are invited to speak (often getting in a few good-humored digs). Afterward, the crowd enjoys food booths and dancing to live music throughout the weekend. Click here for more information and a complete schedule of events.