Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dia De San Juan Fiesta

I went down to the Dia De San Juan fiesta tonight near downtown Tucson at the Santa Cruz river (usually dry these days). The fiesta celebrates St. John's birthday, the patron saint of water, and continues the tradition of celebrating the beginning of Tucson’s summer rains.

It was a fun cultural event consisting of a charreada (Mexican rodeo), a procession, mariachis, folklorico dancers, food, music, and dancing.

Here are a few snaps...

Nope, I didn't set this shot up on purpose, it just turned out to have all those elements in it.

These young ladies were part of a group of seven riding side-saddle and performing some interesting patterns and maneuvers on their horses. Lighting was low, so I wasn't able to get many good shots.

My favorite part was when they entered the arena area one at a time galloping in full speed and then halting the horse abruptly -- it almost looked like they would roll over backwards... All the more impressive done side-saddle.


  1. That looks like a great time! :)


  2. Tree -- indeed it was! A little hot at the start though (103 degrees, sunny). Once the sun set, it was very pleasant out.

  3. Fabulous photo series. I can't pick a favorite, they're all that good!

  4. Wish I had been there. Cool series of pix.

  5. Lynette -- thanks!

    Granny J -- I think you would have liked it, lots of variety taking place.


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