In the United States the longest community celebration is held each year in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is called Fiesta de Santa Fe and it dates back to 1712 when
then-governor of the province Jose Chaco Medina Salazar y Villaseor issued an order for the very first celebration. Since then it has been celebrated each year during September. Starting in 1924 famous Santa Fe Artist Will Shuster added burning and effigy called Zozobra to help the community burn away all the bad feelings and troubles for everyone in the community. Both Fiesta de Santa Fe and Will Shuster’s Zozobra™ are celebrated to this day and this year is the 300th anniversary of this Santa Fe, New Mexico community event.
In 1692 the city’s forefather made a written proclamation for an annual celebration to be held commemorating and honoring the non-violent resettlement of Santa Fe. The official event began in 1712 and it has been celebrated every year since then.
These days the town square known around the world as the Santa Fe Plaza is the location of the annual celebratory event, Fiesta de Santa Fe. This event is open to the
public and it includes Spanish dancing, food booths, art and craft booths and parades. There is also a play know as the Fiesta Melodrama and several ceremonies with historically costumed participants portraying Don Diego De Vargas, conquistadores from his army and the court of the Queen and Princesses of the Fiesta.