An occasional look at some of the people and events that make Albuquerque a truly different city.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

The South Valley's Marigold Parade 2016

Once again the South Valley was resplendent in color, costume, family, enthusiasm, and this year with the election just 2 days away, outrage.  Every year we think the gathering cannot become more, and every year it does.  Everywhere has its problems, but here in the South Valley we also have our Marigold Parade and pride.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

The South Valley's Marigold Parade - 2015

Once again, Albuquerque's South Valley celebrated La Dia de los Muertos with its ever growing, ever evolving Marigold Parade. It is a feast for the eyes and the heart.  

To those I photographed, thank you for your grace, universal good humor, and forbearance. /s/ Rob Leutheuser


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dia de los Muertos Parade - 2014 Edition

It was another spectacular Dia de los Muertos parade in Albuquerque's South Valley.  The welcomed rain showers paused just long enough for the hour-long parade to strut up Isleta Blvd to the delight of the thousands.

The face painting, costumes, music, and enthusiasm continues to reach new heights that cannot be transcended ... but they always are.

As always, many thanks to all for your forbearance.  If you are included in this small gallery and would prefer that you weren't, please let me know.






Friday, May 30, 2014

Blessing of the Acequia

Atrisco Acequia

As they have for the past 60 years or so, on May 15th, the community of Atrisco gathered in Albuquerque' South Valley (the Atrisco Land Grant) for its annual blessing of the irrigation water and farm fields, honoring San Isidro the patron saint of farmers, and his wife Santa Maria de la Cabeza.  They gathered behind the Holy Family Catholic church on the warm evening with the ancient cottonwood trees along the acequia (a traditional irrigation ditch) providing the suitable setting.

San Isidro and Santa Maria de la Cabeza Santos

Listening to the opening prayer

Twelve years ago the organizers of the celebration added promotoras tradicionales (traditional healers) to the gathering to celebrate Santa Maria de la Cabeza who is honored for her healing abilities.
Kalpulli Izkalli Promotoras Tradicionales preparing incense.
Promotoras preparing the rose petals that will be sprinkled in the acequia.

Procession behind crucifix carved from cottonwood.

Matachinas, traditional Christian dancers who's history can be traced back to the expulsion of the Moors from Spain in the late 15th century, were also part of the blessing ceremony.

Members of the matachines "Grupo de Danza - Holy Ghost"
Matachines dancing
The gathering grew in size as it neared the acequia.
The deacon blessed the acequia's water.

Rose petals float in the acequia as the procession continues.

The gathering stopped at an ancient cottonwood tree to sing an alabado.

Promotora Tradicionale


Drought-plagued Albuquerque enjoyed its first rain in 3 months the following week. 
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 Special thanks to Lita Pino, the organizer of the Blessing, for her kind assistence.