Española Farolito Project 2018
A timeless Española tradition first started in the late 1960s by former mayor Richard Lucero is seeking your help to continue for the present day. At one time, the Espanola farolito display ranged from 40,000-60,000 farolitos throughout the city on Christmas Eve; even being featured in the New York Times at one point. After the tradition faded away in the early 2000s, organizers have worked from 2014 to the present to revive the tradition on a smaller scale, shooting for a goal of 500,000 farolitos.
Volunteers are still needed to assist with bagging, distribution and lighting of farolitos for Christmas Eve. Staging will begin at the empty lot on Calle Vigil next to the Human Services office on Onate Street beginning about 9 a.m.. Filling the bags will take place in the morning, hopefully to wrap up by 2 p.m. The most crucial help needed will be lighting them around 5 p.m.
Not able to help on Christmas Eve? We still are in need of help folding bags beforehand and will also need help with cleanup to occur on Thursday. Dec. 27.
Contact John Ramon at (505) 929-0380 for more information.