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From left, matachines dancers Eddie Torres IV, Diego Aragon, Thomas Duran and Tristin Longley line up at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Las Fiestas de San Lorenzo


Steeped in symbolism and a history dating back three centuries, the dance of Los Matachines de San Lorenzo tells the story of the triumph of Christianity over paganism, as personified by Montezuma, ruler of the Aztecs, and his conversion.

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