A farewell from La Reina 2017, Mariana Fatima Jimenez-Gonzales

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To the community of Taos: On behalf of myself, Mariana Fatima Jimenez-Gonzales, La Reina de Santiago y Santa Ana de Las Fiestas de Taos 2017 and Las Princesas Ariana Baca and Gabriela Pérez, I would like to say thank you to the community of Taos for supporting us throughout this experience.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to learn and experience more of the culture of my home, Taos and other communities in New Mexico. I enjoyed traveling to the different communities as a representative for Las Fiestas de Santiago y Santa Ana and meeting new people. The people I met were all very kind, enjoyable and shared stories of their traditions and cultures. When speaking and traveling to the communities, the people confirmed my beliefs in strong family values and strong religious views.

I know that in this coming Fiesta year, the new Reina and her Princesas will make many lifelong memories and have fun. I would like to thank the Fiesta Council for providing me with this wonderful opportunity. I would also like to thank my family for supporting me.

I hope to see this tradition carried on as it has been because, it has been a memorable experience.

Thank you y ¡Que Vivan las Fiestas!

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