It was a somber yet joyous scene Friday (Nov. 13), as hundreds of cars were joined by Taos Volunteer Fire Department and local law enforcement to hold a memorial procession for the late Amarante Chacón, owner of Mante’s Chow Cart.

His impact on the local community was clear as fire trucks with sirens blaring led the convoy of cars from the Old Blinking Light to the historic Taos Plaza and south towards his restaurant. Approximately 500 cars – hazard lights blinking – followed behind and honked loudly.

Though the passing of the restaurateur from COVID-19 led many to grieve, it was obvious from the memorial procession that they were there in good spirits to celebrate the life he lived, and all that he had done for the Taos community. Friends, family, and local businesses all came out to show support.

As the sun set, the last of the cars circled the plaza and made their way out, heading south.

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