A community came together today and celebrated the 110th annual Fiestas of Sacred Heart church in Barelas. Barelas, settled in 1681, is just south of downtown Albuquerque. The physical heart of Barelas is the church on 4th street. The cultural blood of Barelas can be found in the community - several generations of families that have maintained strong connections to the land, local businesses, and classic New Mexican tradition.
There was something for everyone.
The Barelas Community Coalition was represented.
Sacred Heart Catholic Parish against a beautiful New Mexico blue sky.
The food was authentic. And, it was delicious. We opted for tortilla burgers with tasty green chile (the tortillas were homemade and brought back memories of one particular abuela.)
Families enjoyed a nice Sunday together.
Lots of kids activities. The water slide was most popular on a hot day.
The Sacred Heart Matachines performed.
The colors were spectacular. The love, and hard work, that went into the costumes was inspirational.
Tokens for fun.
4th Street has some beautiful tiled images near the church. The message on this one spoke to the day we had at the fiesta. Just beautiful.