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'Will Shuster's Zozobra

 

Zozobra in 2010.  Zozobra ushers in Fiestas de Santa Fe in early September.  "Old Man Gloom" is burned, destroying the worries, fear and negativity of the previous year.

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The 2010 burning of Zozobra celebrating the 400th anniversary of Santa Fe. 

 

The 2009 version of Zozobra  saw him with bright red hair and gray bow tie, cuffs and belt. Fiestas de Santa Fe has been celebrated since 1712--in memory of the Spanish retaking the city in 1692 from the pueblo tribes, who had occupied Santa Fe since the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.  The burning of Zozobra has occurred every year since 1924--William Shuster Jr. created the effigy (which was much smaller in earlier days--and was burned on the Plaza)--zozobra means "anxiety" in Spanish  

 

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Zozobra looks perplexed as the fire dancers are at his feet.  Prior to every burn, Zozobra is tried, convicted and sentenced to burn.

 

My son Vernon, granddaughter Lauren, daughter Robyn, and daughter Krystal at the 2011 Zozobra burn.

 

 The 2011 Boogie Man.

 

 The fire dancers in 2011.

 
  

Annette at the 2010 celebration.

 

The fireworks seem to startle Zozobra--and we know what's coming next!

 

The crowds can be packed and standing-room only at Fort Marcy Park as Santa Fe begins to celebrate Fiesta!  Over 50,000 people have been known to attend the burning.

 

A yellow-haired Zozobra for the 100th anniversary of New Mexico becoming a state in 2012! 

 

The 2012 Zozobra looking every bit the part of the Boogie Man.

 

My second year of attending Zozobra was in 2007--the previous year it rained through the whole celebration--and I didn't have a camera with me.  The 2007 Zozobra was certified by the Guiness World Records as the largest marionette in the world--measuring 49.11 feet tall.

 

As usually happens, the fire started in Zozobra's mouth this time out--and he caught fire quickly--flailing his arms and screaming.  It was almost like it was a real person!

 

The flames really take off as the crowd in a frenzy shouts "Burn!"

 

 Zozobra totally engulfed.

 

Fireworks go off with the sihlouette of a fireman as the remains of Zozobra continue to burn.

 

The pyrotechnics after the burn can be quite spectacular!

 

Here I am following the burning of Zozobra in 2007.

 

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