It's that time of year again when Taos celebrates its culture, history and community. The 2019 Fiestas de Taos activities officially kick off this weekend as the Fiesta Court as five young women from across Taos County
By Jesse Moya
It's that time of year again when Taos celebrates its culture, history and community. The 2019 Fiestas de Taos activities officially kick off this weekend as the Fiesta Court as five young women from across Taos County compete at 2 p.m. Saturday (June 8) at the Taos Community Auditorium for the queen's tiara.
"Most of them tell us they've always dreamed of being the fiesta queen ever since they were little girls," said Fiesta Council president Don Fransicio Truillo of the applicants.
The court will be selected following the pageant, which includes a variety of challenges and tasks the teenagers will have to go through. They will have to complete an essay about what Taos means to them and will have to wear their own traditional fiesta attire.
The event officially launches fiesta season for the council as they spend the next month getting ready for the big event - the Fiestas de Taos celebration slated for July 19-21.
In the meantime, the current court and council will be traveling around the state to various events, representing the community of Taos.
"The past year has been amazing," said Fiesta Queen Alicia Romero.
Romero represents Taos as the reigning reina and travels to other areas in the state. She has less than two months before she must give up her crown and said she is sad, but looking forward to what the new court has to offer.
Romero said she always wanted to be the queen, dating back to her days as a small girl in Taos. She has enjoyed the countless youngsters who come up, star-struck, asking her questions and saying hi.
"These little kids look up to you [as the queen] because you're basically royalty to them," she said.
Trujillo said this year's fiestas are set to be an exciting time. Previous year's councils have been through difficulties, including the loss of the group's 501c3 nonprofit status which Trujillo said the group is working diligently to revive.
"Last year was challenging, to say the least," Trujillo said. "Rain or shine, the fiestas will go on."
Since the 1920s, the Fiestas de Taos have been a community celebration of unity between Hispanic, Native and Anglo cultures in Taos. The celebration began long before that as a Catholic celebration of the Spanish saints Santa Ana and Santiago, the patron saints of Taos.
Nearly every year following the crowning of the first queen in 1927, the fiestas have been a staple in the town and under the direction of the Taos Fiesta Council.
The pageant will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Taos Community Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. The fiestas officially begin on July 19.
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