Fiesta In The Clouds, Not Shamrocks, on Saturday
The aspens are changing from green to gold, a reminder from Mother Nature that things are constantly in flux in Leadville Today. Change is just part of life. So, look to the aspens to see the beauty in change, and then get out your calendar, because there’s been some September calendar change-ups; one, to a long-standing event, and the other, something new.
Since 1978, Leadvillites have looked forward to the third Saturday in September for the quirky annual St. Patrick’s Day Practice Parade. The golden aspens seemed to match the bright green shamrocks perfectly, with the sounds of bagpipes wailing over the two highest peaks in Colorado. But that won’t be happened this third Saturday in September. But it’s not because Leadville has lost its Irish edge. In fact, quite the contrary. This year, while the St. Pat’s Parade is still going to happen, it will take place two weeks later on Saturday, Oct. 1, to coincide with Colorado Irish Heritage Weekend: full story to come, stay tuned.
But fear not, Leadville, there’s still going to be a parade and party this Saturday, Sept 17. And weather forecasts predict a perfect fall weekend to welcome in Leadville’s newest calendar addition: Fiesta in the Clouds! In honor and celebration of Hispanic Heritage Monthin September, this day-long celebration includes a parade, fiesta at the market with games and food, and culminating with the Fiestas Patrias Gala. live music by Tamborazo, a leading drum corp from the area as well as entertainment by Altera2 Musical. In other words it’s going to be easy to get those hips swaying!
Produced by Fiestas Patrias, a grass roots organization dedicated to preservation and promotion of Leadville’s rich Hispanic culture through education and celebration, this new event should bring the crowds down to historic Harrison Avenue. For readers who may not know, Fiestas Patrias is a Spanish phrase meaning “Patriotic Holidays.”
Fiesta in The Clouds is the brain child of Lee Trujillo, owner of The Scarlet in downtown Leadville. The idea represents a desire to want to celebrate and honor Lake County’s Hispanic community and their rich cultural traditions which will include the flags of many Latin countries and children dancing in authentic costume.
The festivities will get under way at 11:30 a.m. with a parade down historic Harrison Avenue, albeit with more of a Latin beat than an Irish jig. From there, the fiesta will join forces with the Leadville Community Market in the parking lot of First Mountain Bank to create a celebration that’s sure to return for years to come!
This family-friendly event will include a parade with horses and a marching drum corp, face painting, a bake sale, delicious food and live music. Fiesta festivities can be found on historic Harrison Avenue until the market wraps up at 2 p.m.
But the Fiesta in The Clouds doesn’t stop there. As the sun sets on the inaugural event’s daytime activities, the band will strike things up again at The Eagles Lodge, located at Hemlock and E. 10th Streets in Leadville. It’s Baile! Baile! Baile as the party continues with a Fiestas Patrias Gala. A $20 ticket will get you in the door to be amazed by Altera2 Musical bringing the Latin tunes that should have the dance floor packed. You can buy a $20 ticket in advance at The Scarlet or the chamber, or pay $25 at the door. But plan ahead to have some bucks for an extra cerveza, or the silent auction, stocked with great stuff to buy, with proceeds going towards the next big party!
Oh, and the Gala includes appetizers, catered by El Mexicano and Manuelitas. The Gala doors open at 7 p.m. for apps, with music from 8 p.m. – midnight. How can you top that for a Leadville Saturday night?
In the meantime plan on attending the inaugural Fiesta In The Clouds this Saturday, Sept. 17 in downtown Leadville, Colorado – Ole!