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Santa Fe will Burn Zozobra and Our 2021 Gloom

Heads up! On Friday, September 3rd, will you be in Santa Fe to shout “BURN HIM?”

New Mexico's one-of-a-kind 97-year-old celebration — the Burning of Zozobra –– is an event like no other. Since 1924, the City of Santa Fe has built and burned Zozobra, filled with thousands of glooms –– bad habits, hurt feelings, love letters, divorce papers, photos, parking tickets –– all placed on paper and stuffed inside Zozobra to go up in smoke when this New Mexico icon goes down in flames. This year, the Zozobra Decades Project goes 'Back to the Future' with a totally rad ZTV dance party –– that's Zozobra's version of MTV –– complete with a VJ playing the best 1980s music videos on three giant screens!

Tickets are Limited

The Santa Fe Kiwanis Club, keepers of Zozobra’s flame, pulled off a successful virtual burn in 2020, and this year, with the pandemic casting its own shadow of gloom, Zozobra organizers have made the difficult but prudent decision to reduce the crowd size to 10,000 tickets. What does that mean? It's simple –– get tickets soon! https://burnzozobra.com/ 

COVID Safety

In addition, in the interest of public health and safety, organizers have announced that proof of either COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of the Friday, September 3rd event will be required to gain entry to the Zozobra event. Proof can be from anywhere. Kids who are under age for vaccination can enter accompanied by an adult who shows proof of vaccination or a negative test result within 72 hours of the event. Kids should wear a mask.

Live Stream on KOAT-7

While the ongoing pandemic has necessitated these changes to Zozobra 2021, there's no need to feel gloomy if you can't attend in person. This epic burning will be broadcast live for free on KOAT-7 ABC in New Mexico and streamed online at koat.com.

I'm Not Coming, So I'm Pitching In

But Zozobra needs help! With only days until burn time, equipment and supplies have already been ordered, bills are coming due and this historic Santa Fe tradition is facing huge financial challenges without the ticket sales that normally pay event costs.

If you can't make it to Santa Fe, your “I’m Not Coming, So I’m Pitching In” ticket donation will help Zozobra pay its bills and still have funds left over to fulfill the Kiwanis charitable mission of making life better for kids. Your support means you'll feel a little less gloomy knowing that you are brightening a child’s life! Donate today.

Ready to shout? Let it all out...BURN HIM!!!!

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