PUEBLO, Colo.– The Colorado State Fair is celebrating Fiesta Day a little differently due to COVID-19 – with a drive-thru reverse parade.
The Pueblo tradition, which has been around since 1967, is a celebration of Hispanic culture in Colorado.
The event was held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds with drive-thru fair food, entertainment, and guest appearances by the Fiesta Queen, her court, and Pueblo Mayor Nicholas Gradisar.
In past years, the fairgrounds would typically have 80,000 people on the ground, but this year they only expect around 2,000 to be on the grounds – with most people in their cars.
This years event, according to the State Fair website, featured Serina Sonrisa with Up Town Jam, Mariachi Lobos and CSU Pueblo Ballet Floklorico.
Pueblo Fire Department and the US Census also greeted guests at their booths.
This year’s Fiesta Queen is Martha Esparza, who performed a spoken word as her talent in the 2020 pageant.
The pageant this year was themed ‘Women Changing The World.’
Martha says she’s doing just that – by giving advice and guides to first generation students.
“I have an organization it’s called ‘First Gen Ed’ it’s super small, but i’m hoping to grow it out so it can be in high schools. It shouldn’t be hard to understand these things, so I want to make it more accessible to them,” she said.
Click here to watch the full pageant.