Santa Fe removes controversial Entrada pageant from annual fiesta

New Mexico

Part of a longstanding Santa Fe tradition is going away. The city council voted to remove a key feature of an annual celebration in the capital.

Santa Fe attracts many people looking to experience its vibrant culture and history. But now, the celebration of a controversial part of that history is gone.

After months of debate, the city council has dropped the Entrada — a historical pageant showing Spanish conquistadors reclaiming Santa Fe from the Natives.

Locals we talked to believe it’s an overreaction.

“I think we have become too sensitive about too many things,” said resident Jose Ofman.

“I think it’s important to show all aspects of that story,” said resident Emma Lacey.

Last year, an angry protest against the Entrada broke out.

However, the city pays tribute to its heritage everywhere.

With the Entrada pageant now gone, some wonder if schools, streets, plazas and other places using the name could also be at future risk.

The city refused to talk on camera about their decision, but last year city spokesperson Matt Ross did comment on the larger cultural conflict.

“I think the intention is to be more conscious about the way we tell our story the way we celebrate our history,” said Ross.

The city referred us to former Cochiti Pueblo Governor Regis Pecos to speak about the canceled Entrada. He did not get back to KRQE News 13.

However, Native Americans have argued the pageant is a terrible reminder of the past, sparking racial tensions. Some locals say they understand both sides.

“It can be a bit painful to keep going on with that history, but I also think that it’s something fun and it shouldn’t be harmful,” said resident Irma Lopez.

Santa Fe is not the only city to change its historical celebrations. Back in May, Espanola ended its support of the annual fiesta celebrating Juan de Onate.

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