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Fiestas de Albuquerque celebrate city’s birthday Saturday

Colorful costumes and banners are part and parcel of the Fiestas de Albuquerque celebrated in Old Town each year. This year's fiestas are Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. (Courtesy of city of Albuquerque)

Colorful costumes and banners are part and parcel of the Fiestas de Albuquerque celebrated in Old Town each year. This year’s fiestas are Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. (Courtesy of city of Albuquerque)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Don’t miss the free live entertainment, children’s activities, artist demonstrations, local food and more this Saturday during the Fiestas de Albuquerque celebrating the 1706 birth of the city from noon to 5 p.m. in Old Town.

bright spotThe festivities are designed to pay homage to Albuquerque’s rich history, traditions and historic Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Territorial and Statehood eras, organizers said in a news release.

The event kicks off at noon with Sun and Fire from the Jemez Pueblo showcasing traditional dance followed by performances from Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana, Mariachi Traditional and the National Institute of Flamenco. Free children’s activities include face-painting and a 25-foot rock climbing wall.

The founders’ ceremony is set to start at 3 p.m. at the Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes statue at the intersection of Mountain Road and Rio Grande Boulevard, followed by the annual founders’ procession, a tribute to every generation that has contributed to Albuquerque.

New Mexico native Robert Gonzalez, better known as Gonzalo, delivers a free concert at the Plaza Vieja Gazebo from 2:50 to 5 p.m. Gonzalo was once a member of Al Hurricane’s band. In 2011, Gonzalo received New Mexico Hispano Music Awards for CD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Cumbia of the Year and Duet of the Year, organizers said.

Free shuttle pick-ups and drop-offs will be offered at the free parking lot on 18th and Bellamah, and at the Old Town entrance near the Albuquerque Museum.

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