Today the Santa Fe Fiesta Council is comprised of 100 regular members and 20 representatives of civic organizations and businesses. This group of people has a common interest to promote, manage and perpetuate the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe for the benefit of the City of Santa Fe, its citizens and their descendants. The Fiesta Council enlists the cooperation of the local citizenry, the Catholic Church, the local business community and both the City and County of Santa Fe officials.
The year begins with committee assignments in January and the election of the Fiesta Royalty in April. Fiesta Council members sacrifice many hundreds of hours of their personal time and resources; and in some cases, their annual vacation, to the perpetuation of this annual event.
Virtually all the annual budget is self-generated through arts and crafts shows and food booths, along with dances, carnivals, and financial assistance from citizens and businesses, as well as from grants by the Santa Fe Fiesta Foundation and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission.
Long-range Organizational Plan with Results to Date
The Fiesta Council’s long-range plans are governed by our by-laws filed with the Public Regulation Commission, Corporation Department. We will continue to be a non-profit organization with no dividends or pecuniary profits being declared to its members. The Fiesta Council maintains a 97% membership of its roster and has no plans to change its organization plan.
The Regular Membership of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council is limited to 100 in number and is open to any citizen of the United States who has attained the age of 21 at the time of application and who demonstrates an interest in the traditions, objectives and activities of the Santa Fe Fiesta. Our Organizational Representatives, appointees of the Archbishop and President of the Council, do not count for determining the numerical limitation of regular membership.
Any local civic/business organization may apply for organizational membership of one person on a yearly basis. They have the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as the regular membership and are limited to twenty (20) total organizations.
The Native American community has been an integral part of the history and traditions of the City of Santa Fe, its historic development and its economic, social, and cultural base. As such, the President of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council is empowered to appoint a representative of the Native American community with all rights and privileges.
In recognition of their special contributions to the Santa Fe Fiesta, all past Presidents of the Fiesta Council shall have a special membership with all rights and privileges.
Any person who has faithfully served as a regular member in good standing, and has obtained the age of 60 with 15 years consecutive service, or 20 years consecutive service with no age limit.
The historic capital is one of the oldest in the United States. It was established by Don Juan de Oñate at San Gabriel in 1598 and moved over 30 miles south to the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where Santa Fe was founded in 1610. In 1680 the Indians revolted, burned the city and drove out the Spanish colonists, who fled to Guadalupe del Paso, now Juarez, Mexico. They rescued from the burning church the 29-inch wood carved Marian statue, La Conquistadora, originally brought to Santa Fe in 1625 by the missionary, Fray Alonso de Benavides.
Twelve years later, the King of Spain appointed Don Diego De Vargas to join the exiles in Guadalupe del Paso and organize a campaign for the resettlement of Santa Fe. He accomplished this difficult and remarkable mission without bloodshed on September 4, 1692. In December of the next year, the Indians resisted when De Vargas returned from a trip to recruit more colonists, so he set up an encampment outside the city near the present site of the Rosario Chapel. The anxious colonist placed La Conquistadora on a makeshift altar and implored her to intercede for the successful re-entry into the town. Before the end of December 1693, De Vargas led his triumphant forces back into the City of the Holy Faith where La Conquistadora was likely enshrined temporarily in the Palace chapel. Crediting the Madonna’s intercession with his victory, De Vargas is said to have vowed
restoration of her throne in the parish church built by Fray Benavides in 1692 and destroyed by the Indians in 1680. The General De Vargas died on April 4, 1704 without achieving this goal.
Eight years after the death of De Vargas, Lt. Governor Paez Hurtado who had been one of this Captains and a close friend, influenced city officials to draft a proclamation for an annual celebration commemorating the peaceful 1692 resettlement. The 1712 proclamation establishing the first Fiesta de Santa Fe, was signed by Governor Marquez de La Peñuela. The document specified a mass, vespers, and a sermon, thus setting the religious tone still characterizing modern fiestas. La Conquistadora is among the most venerated Marian figures in the world. She was crowned in 1954 by Cardinal Francis Spellman and again in 1960 by an apostolic representative of Pope John XXIII. Her golden crown is studded with precious stones, including a three-carat diamond. Her extensive wardrobe includes an exquisite lace mantilla from Sevilla Spain and an elaborate costume fashioned from ancient French vestments found in the old Cathedral museum. They appear to be of the secular and American periods of Bishop Lamy’s clergy. And so it is that La Conquistadora, a conqueror of hearts, and De Vargas, a conquistador of the new world, join forces to inspire our unique and enduring celebration, la Fiesta de Santa Fe, a time of prayer, rejoicing and hospitality for all.
Melisendro Dominic Teodoro Gonzales y Ortiz
Thomas Baca y Gutierrez
Jason Jaime Lucero
Lee Anthony Garcia y Dominguez
Andy Lee Lopez
Ronald S. Trujillo
Peter De Vargas
David Pike Romero
Antonio "Tony Lopez"
Rudy "Froggy" Fernandez
E.J. Martinez Jr.
A.B. Martinez Jr.
Edward Moya Jr.
Sen.Joseph M. Montoya
John G. Valdez Jr.
J. Alfonso Armijo
Co. Jose D. Sena
Capt. Emory Moore
Shay Nikole Lara y Mares
Carmelita Roybal y Gurule
Kristy Ojinaga y Borrego
Jenae Monique Cisneros y Roybal
Samantha Tapia y Olguin
Danielle Renee Chavez y Romero
Victoria Felicea Mora & Sanchez
Angelica Marie Armijo
Jessica Anne Librada Lucero & Lucero de Goday
Jennifer Richardson y Garcia
Vanessa Melanie CdeBaca
Monica E. Gallegos y Trujillo-Padilla
Vanessa M. Gallegos-Bibiano
Vanessa L. Mascarenas
Elizabeth R. Lovato
Donna M. Barela-Gurule
Elena M. Chavez-Tercero
Carolee J. Friday-Santistevan
Amanda Sue Quintana-Bowles
Donna Marie Garcia-Lesher
Jennifer Juliet Manzanares-Herrera
Maria A. Baca-Markham
Bernadette M. Ortega
Anna Marie Ortiz-Gonzales
Anna Elena Tapia
Elizabeth Angela Roybal
Charlene A. Lopez-Clayton
Linda Marie Romero-Esquibel
Deborah K. Romero-Borrego
Maria Diana Sanchez-Gonzales
Diana Maria Alvarez
Carla Yolanda Aragon
Karmella M. Pacheco Miera
Linda Marie Borrego
Elizabeth C. Rivera-Gonzales
Matilde M. Herrera-Perez
Juanita Theresa Gonzales-Ortega
Lorencita Elizabeth Abeyta
Maria Cordelia Matinez
Rosa Marie Romero-Sanchez
Maria Isabel Martinez-Sandoval
Yolanda Maria Pacheco Hodgson
Antonio Loyola Lucero-Pacheco
Maria Irene Lucille Lopez
Sylvia Roybal de Onis
Mary Ester Garcia-Bertram
Maria Cordelia Matinez
Angelina Eloisa Ortiz
Roberto "Bobbi" Quintana-Gallegos
Maria Rosina Casados-Schutz
Elizabeth "Betty" Serna-Cardenas
Maria Socorro Lopez-Garcia
Consuelo "Peaches" Alarid-Collins
Clarita "Clara" Garcia
Orlinda P. Rodriguez
Maria Isabel Sena
One of the most notable sounds of Santa Fe Fiesta is the Fiesta Song. Click the play button below to listen the mp3 file.
Music by Billy Palau, SPanish Lyrics by Johnny Valdes, Jr.
Santa Fe, tus fiestas de Septiembre
Se Celebran en la capital
Con Zozobra quemando las penas
Ya kas fiestas van a comenzar
Tus mujeres llenas de alegria
Pregonando van su nuevo amor
A a luz de grandes luminarias
Van cantando con placer esta cancion
Si Senor, como nom, vamonos al vacilon
A bailar y gozar de esta linda poblacion
Msuic by Billy Palau, English Lyrics by Avalee Turner.
In old Santa Fe we have La Fiesta
'Tis the time for singing, dance and play
On this day we do not take la siesta
While Zozobra burns the gloom away
Steel guitars are softly strumming music
Senorita, come along with me
Luminarias all are shining brightly
At the baile, fancy costumes you will see
Si Senor, como no, let's go out and have some fun
And we'll see Santa Fe in Conquistadores way
In Loving Memory Of
Fred Garcia - Larry Moya - Josephine Bradshaw -Fay Lucero
John Alderette - Tony Armijo - TonyBlea - Marcella Rivera
Rosemarie Alderette – Marie Sandoval – Sorada Montoya
Carmen Oyaca - Frank Johnson – Clarita Maestas
Armando Benavidez - Pita Montoya – Bennie Herrera
Rita Campos Melady - Larry Blea - Josephine "Josie" Jaramillo