Founders Day was celebrated this past Saturday at Old Town. Our city is 308 years old. The plaza was full of birthday revelers. They listened to music, danced, and enjoyed the day under a beautiful New Mexico sky. Elm seeds, along with a handful of raindrops, fell from the sky.
Founders Day has changed over the years. The formal procession isn't as long, or colorful, as it used to be. The formal procession of old showcased founding families, impressive native dancers (as they twirled in their extravagant, beautiful costumes,) and, large puppets that would sway as they were walked around the plaza. The birthday cake has disappeared leaving participants craving that old school party feel.
But it was still a good party. Pinatas were represented.
The congregation at San Felipe de Neri Church had food for sale.
We were treated to lively music, local artisans and vendors, and, traditional dance from Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana.
And period dressed characters.
Old Town Plaza is the heart of Albuquerque, and, during the year is host to family oriented events that are free. The man behind these events is Chuy Martinez - our favorite City employee who is also the best dressed. He does an admirable job at all of these functions.
Happy Birthday, Alburquerque!