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96th annual burning of Zozobra to be televised

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE – Time is running out to submit the gloom you’d like to see burn during this year’s COVID-modified event.

“Old Man Gloom” has had a good year, introducing a novel coronavirus that has turned our world upside down and forced the cancellation of just about every public event on the calender.

But not the annual burning of the 50-foot puppet, which will again be set ablaze this Friday night at Fort Marcy Park as part of a longstanding and truly unique Santa Fe tradition.

While there won’t be a crowd to witness it in person due to public health restrictions, people will still be able to watch Zozobra, and their gloom, burn as the event will be televised by KOAT-TV.

With the gloom box inaccessible this year, people are invited to submit their gloom online at a cost of $1.00 to be charged to your credit card. Visit the Zozobra website – – and click on “Burn My Gloom.” From there, you can not only submit your gloom, but also pay an additional price for an upgrade, allowing you to choose where your gloom will be placed within the marionette, such as his hair, left or right hand, or where his heart would be if he had one.