Fiestas Patrias: Celebrating Cultures in Leadville Today
It’s no secret that Leadville loves a parade. However, this September this small mountain community might just out-do itself with three on the calendar for the parade-lover’s perfect trifecta!
Today the Fiestas Patrias marchers will take to historic Harrison Avenue at 2 p.m. Next Saturday, Sept. 15 will mark the 40th year for the St. Patrick’s Day Practice Parade, highlighting Leadville’s Irish heritage, and finally show off your Panther Pride with Lake County High School’s Homecoming Parade to be held on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m. So take your pick or attend all three, it’s time to get your marching shoes on in Leadville Today!
For readers unfamiliar with Fiestas Patrias, it’s a relatively new “grass roots organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Lake County’s rich Hispanic culture through education and celebration.” Started in 2016, Fiestas Patrias was the brain child of Lee Trujillo, owner of The Scarlet Bar in Leadville. The idea stemmed from a desire to celebrate and honor Lake County’s Hispanic community and their rich cultural traditions, which include the flags of many Latin countries and children dancing in authentic costume. Just two years later, the event has been fully embraced by the Leadville community and is now a stand-alone event, celebrating the national holidays of all Latin American countries. Info en Espanol AQUI.
The Fiestas Patrias parade starts at 2 p.m. on Harrison Avenue including traditional Charros riding their horses. For readers unfamiliar with the term, by definition it means “gentlemen riders,” referring to horsemen of the highest level, who employ tradition and Mexican culture, as well as the amazing physical strength and skills of these horses. ¡Qué maravilloso!
The parade is sure to be a colorful display, as more than 30 girls will march in their traditional costumes. In fact, these hand-sewn dresses were made by Full Circle’s Women’s Empowerment Group, some taking up to 8 hours to make! Those changing aspens will have something to compete with in Leadville Today as these colorful frocks spin and twirl their way down historic Harrison Avenue. ¡Qué hermoso!
After the parade, the celebration will continue at The Elk’s Lodge, located at 123 W. 5th Street. There will be dance performances and fun for the children, including a bouncy house. As the evening continues, live music from two live bands will begin at 4 p.m. with Mariachi Sangre Mexicana from 4 to 7 p.m., and then Groupo Alterados Mucical will be getting folks out on the dance floor from 7 p.m. to midnight. Mexican food and snacks will be available for purchase from local businesses.
Everyone is welcome to this FREE event, celebrating Leadville’s Latino Culture. Visit the Fiestas Patrias Facebook Page for more information. Arriba!