The Albuquerque annual South Valley Muertos y Marigolds Parade took place on Sunday Nov. 5, 2017. The parade started at El Centro Familiar and made its way to the Westside Community Center. People waited throughout the South Valley in anticipation for the parade to take place. Some people opted to paint themselves as skulls, and dressed themselves up in various day of the dead motifs. The parade showcased decorated cars and bikes while some played music. After the Parade was over, people headed to the Westside Community Center to enjoy music, food, and shopping.
The 45th Annual Harvest Festival took place at El Rancho de las Golondrinas Sept. 30 through Oct. 1. Las Golondrinas is considered a living museum in New Mexico. It maintains examples and activities which illustrate life in the period of Spanish rule in the Southwest during the the 18th and 19th centuries. The land was purchased in the 1930s by Leonora Curtin, who is famous for creating Santa Fe’s Native Market. The museum opened its doors to visitors in 1972.