Friday, 24 December 2010

La Fiesta de Tumacacori

The Fiesta is held on the Fiesta grounds at the ruins of Tumacacori Mission not far from Nogales.

There were lots of stalls, selling different crafts and pottery not to mention the food stalls selling tamales, burritos, tortillas, donuts and some sort of deep fried pastry, full of calories but delicious!

There were lots of chilli ristas, I’m not at all sure what you do with them.

In the arena Apache Crown Dancers were performing when we arrived,

they were followed by Folklorico dancers.

These dancers performed with real machetes and for a section of the dance they wore blindfolds!! Learning to do that won’t be going on our bucket list!

The dancers were joined by a Mariachi band.

Singers were invited to perform with the Mariachi Band.

Spectators were also encouraged to dance in the arena.

Reata (rawhide lariat) making was demonstrated by Dick Schorr from the Empire Ranch Foundation, it takes 40 hours work to make one lariat.

A finished lariat.

I think the fiesta carried on for quite a while after we left.

On the way home we stopped by the casino where I actually managed to win, although I don’t think I’ll be buying a yatch with my winnings which were a whole $12.50! but hey it was $12.50 I didn’t have when I arrived.

Have fun, we are!

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