Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Zozobra organizers reflect on this year’s burning

Last year’s event had to be virtual. This year tickets were limited to 10,000.

“You know, I think it went great. I want to reserve judgment for myself for about two weeks. We want to see what the numbers look like in Santa Fe, we had about 15,000 people in the field, ”said Ray Sandoval, Zozobra’s event chairman.

The event typically attracts around 60,000 guests. This time people had to show a vaccination or a negative COVID test.

“From the drone footage, it looked like people were really respecting spaces and families and friends banding together, and then there were spaces between other groups of people,” Sandoval said.

This year it was the 1980s – and next year Zozobra will have a 1990s theme as part of the ongoing Decades project that leads to the 100th anniversary in 2024.

“We really hope that at this point next year we can see a full crowd and that way everyone can take part in getting rid of their gloom. The last two years have been very, very gloomy so I think it is piling up and.” I hope that for a brief moment on Friday evening we took some of this gloom away from people, ”said Sandoval.

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