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Cinco de Mayo Celebration, dinner/dance to be held May 7

FLAGSTAFF — The Cinco de Mayo Celebration, dinner/dance will return at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at The American Legion, 204 W. Birch Ave., Flagstaff.

Sponsored by The American Legion Auxiliary and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

Dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with the dance from 7 to 11 p.m. with live music by Cymbre.

Tickets: $20 single / $30 couple. Dinner: $12 combo plate.

Tickets available at The American Legion.

In-person 18th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente returns to the Museum of Northern Arizona

FLAGSTAFF — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces celebrates the in-person return of Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead when the 18th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente is presented at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24.

Celebrate the history and culture of Mexican, Mexican American and Latin@ communities in Northern Arizona at this annual fall event, which will include music, dance, food and heartfelt remembrances.

In partnership with Flagstaff’s Nuestras Raíces, the museum’s Jaime Golightly Courtyard will be transformed into a beautiful lit setting, with intricately cut papel picado (pierced paper) and lovely arrange ofrendas (altars) to welcome past loved ones to the party.

On Saturday evening the courtyard will stay open into the night, as the full impact of the candlelit ofrendas can be enjoyed, along with Mexican treats and soulful strolling Mariachis. Don’t miss this fall festival. Invite your friends and family, from this world and the next!

Some of the scheduled events each day include sugar skull-making workshops, “Ofrenda 101” creating an altar workshops, performances by Ballet Folkorico de Colores — Flagstaff and Mariachi performers from Tucson.

The Courtyard After Dark event on Oct. 23 will include a candlelit ceremony honoring the memory of those who have lost their lives during the pandemic presented by members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, with opening remarks by Museum of Northern Arizona Executive Director Mary Kershaw.

Celebraciones will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, concluding with the traditional blessing of the altars/offrendas closing ceremony.

The event will be held at:

Museum of Northern Arizona

3101 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

General Admission:         $20

Native American:             $10

Child under 9:                    Free

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces wins big at CCC’s virtual 2020 4th of July Parade

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Winning Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces entry. ©2020 Photos by

FLAGSTAFFFlagstaff Nuestras Raíces joined other major nonprofits such the United Way of Northern Arizona, The Literacy Center and the Flagstaff Community Band to secure 1st place in the non-profit category at Cococnino Community College’s virtual 2020 4th of July Parade.

“Thank you again for your participation in the first ever Shoebox Fourth of July Parade.  As of right now, the video for the parade (with nearly 60 entries) has been viewed almost 1,500 times,” said April Sandoval, assistant to the CCC president.  “We are so appreciative for the many community partners across the county that took the time to make a float.  You all made the parade something really special, and we were astounded by your creativity and community spirit.  The parade is on our YouTube channel and can be viewed at

The Nuestras Raíces float can be seen around the 5:30 minute mark of the video.

“Our District Governing Board members reviewed each float and judged them based on creativity, spirit, and presentation,” Sandoval said. “It was a close call in many categories and you’ll see a few ties in the results.  The winners were:

Grand Prize/Best in Show: Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library

1st Place for Each Category:

  • Business – Ken’s Tours
  • Coconino Community College – three-way tie
    • Admissions and High School Programs
    • Small Business Development Center
    • PR/Marketing and Foundation
  • Education – two-way tie
    • Flagstaff Unified School District
    • Lowell Observatory
  • Family
    • The Lowe Family
  • Nonprofit – four-way tie
    • Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces
    • Flagstaff Community Band
    • The Literacy Center
    • United Way of Northern Arizona

The judging was so close in a number of categories so we also decided to recognize a few Honorable Mentions.

  • Roberts Accounting
  • Kinney Construction Services, Inc.
  • Alpine Academy Preschool
  • Neighbors – Crafting Sisters
  • The Hall Family
  • Family and Friends of Patrice: Carter Sisters and Lulu

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Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces celebrates return of 2019 Summertime Tardeada Festival

Local community favorite Mariachi Sol Azteca from Tucson performs at the 2019 Summertime Tardeada Festival at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Photos by Frank X. Moraga / ©2019

Click on photo above to see slideshow from the 2019 Summertime Tardeada at


FLAGSTAFF — Temperatures in the mid-80s could not deter community members and supporters of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces as the region celebrated the return the Summertime Tardeada Festival at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flagstaff.

More than 200 people attended the celebration, which included music by community favorite Mariachi Sol Azteca, along with newcomer to the festival, Mariachi Tradicíon de México, both from Tucson.

Mariachi Sol Azteca has now performed in all five of the Summertime Tardeadas in Flagstaff, and is a fan favorite at the annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

The Summertime Tardeada took last year off due to the unexpected death of 2018 Nuestras Raíces President Cristina Anaya and long-time Nuestras Raíces supporter and World War II veteran Tomas Vega.

In memory of Cristina Anaya, the mariachi group performed one of her favorite songs, a performance that deeply touched her family.

The celebration also included the annual recognition and group photo of veterans, who were all awarded with certificates in honor of their service. Nearly a dozen family and vendor booths surrounded the newly upgraded parking lot in an event that also featured traditional Mexican food, a raffle and a spirited performance by Ballet Folkorico de Colores — Flagstaff.

Veterans were also invited to have their individual portrait taken at the event so they can be included in future recognition banners created by Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces. Veterans and family members are also encouraged to send photos of local service members via email at


Coconino County Supervisors: Liz Archuleta,

District 2 Art Babbott,

District 1 Jim Parks, District 4

Arizona Public Service (APS)

AZ Team Flag / Domino’s Pizza

Coconino Community College ALAS Club

Dennis Chavez

Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC)

Greenlaw Barber Shop (Richard Coroma)

La Fonda Mexican Restaurant

Lamp Post Hair Salon

Pablo Lopez III & Eusebio Lopez

Lozano Enterprizes Inc.

Mike and Rhonda’s — The Place (Missy)

Military Order of the Purple Heart Dale Crick Chapter 793

Mission Foods

Nestlé Purina

Safeway on Cedar Avenue

San Francisco de Asis Parish

Walmart Westside

Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada returns June 29, 2019


FLAGSTAFF — To celebrate and recognize Flagstaff’s Hispanic roots, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces invites the public to attend to the return of the “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada — Mariachi and Folklorico Festival” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff.

The event is free and has drawn upwards of 400 visitors in past years.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church is a significant historic site because it was the pride and centerpiece of the Hispanic community when it was built in the late 1920s by Flagstaff Hispanic pioneer families, who had strong bonds to the church.

What is a Tardeada? It’s a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture and community history.

The festival’s goal is to celebrate the legacy of Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture through entertainment, music, dance, art, food and exhibits.

The Tardeada will feature mariachi and folklorico performances, a tribute to Hispanic veterans in the region, a raffle and Mexican and regular barbecue food sold as a fundraiser.

So escape the triple-digit temperature in most of Arizona, bring your chairs and canopies and enjoy the cooler mountain breezes of Northern Arizona.

More details to come…

To participate as a vendor or sponsor, please send an email to Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces President Delia Munoz at

Click on photo below to view photos of 2017 Tardeada celebration


Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces celebrates 2017 Summertime Tardeada Mariachi & Folklorico Festival

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces celebrates ‘2016 Summertime Tardeada’

Record crowd attends 2nd annual ‘Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada and Oldies Car Show’

Northern Arizona veteranos honored at Tardeada 2015

Car show adds shine to Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada 2015

Mariachi Sol Azteca & Compania de Danza Folklorica Arizona make successful return to Tardeada 2015

Community dances the day, night away to sounds of Grupo Fierro of Tucson at Tardeada 2015

Inaugural ‘Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada and Oldies Car Show’ on June 28 draws larger than expected crowds


Flagstaff Nuestras Raices to participate in 2019 Armed Forces Day Parade

May 18, 2019 Armed Forces Day Parade

FLAGSTAFF — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will participate in the 13th Annual Flagstaff Armed Forces Day Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 in downtown Flagstaff.

The parade theme is “Freedom is Not Free.”

To register for the parade, RSVP to

Call 928-286-7446 for more information.

Click on photo below for slideshow of 2018 Flagstaff Armed Forces Day Parade



2018 Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration


Photos by Frank X. Moraga / ©2018

Click on image above to see a slideshow of the celebration

FLAGSTAFF — Nearly 300 luminarias lite the way for hundreds of worshipers to took part in the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration early Wednesday morning at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel.

Members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces began placing and lighting the luminarias shortly after 5 a.m. in time for worshipers to take part in the services, which included a Rosary, the singing of  Mañanitas and Mass. Café y pan was then presented downstairs at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center (The Basement) following the services.

The annual celebration began the evening before with a procession from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church where there will be a presentation of the Our Lady of Guadalupe play

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces takes part in 2018 Armed Forces Day Parade

Click on photo above to see slideshow on

FLAGSTAFF — The community celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day Parade held Saturday, May 19, 2018 in downtown Flagstaff.

The parade theme was “Freedom is Not Free.”

The event honored local veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Vintage military vehicles, a member of the Navajo Code Talkers, ROTC and active duty service members participated in the event.

During the parade, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces displayed a set of banners with photos honoring the service of living Hispanic veterans from the region, as well banners remembering those Hispanics who served in the military. The banners will be displayed at future Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces events.

The group also honored the memory of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces President Christina Anaya as a long-time supporter of the annual event.

Remembering Christina Anaya

FLAGSTAFF — Members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces and the wider community of Flagstaff were sadden this week to hear of the passing of Christina Anaya, a life-long community advocate in the region.

Christina was serving as president of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces and presided over the planning of the 2017 Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada, the group’s participation of the 2017 Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona and the 2017 Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration.

She was a volunteer for a number of community groups and organizations, including the Flagstaff Police Department, a member of Sociedades Guadalupanas at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff.

“It is with great sadness today (May 15) the Flagstasff Police Department learned they lost a friend and family member. Ms. Christina Anaya,” the department stated on its Facebook site. “Christina volunteered her time at the PD for more than 12 years. She has worked in Records, National Night Out and other community events and assigned to the Detective section going through pawn slips! Her smile and fun attitude will surely be missed. Thank you for your service and commitment to our community. We are all lucky to know you.”

Christina received the 2015 Big Award, one of three volunteers from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Flagstaff recognized for their work with the organization, according to an article in the Arizona Daily Sun.

She will be missed by all who have known her.

Rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 21 at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church, 1600 E. Route 66, Flagstaff. The burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, and please join us for a reception at San Francisco parish center, 12:30 PM.

See the Arizona Daily Sun story of May 18 for more information.