Event Information

"Gloom of 2020" by Event information Artist, Michael E. Martinez

The 96th Burning of Zozobra on Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 4, 2020, will be televised for free at 8 PM MDT on KOAT Channel 7 and live-streamed at https://www.koat.com/ from Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe, New Mexico, America's oldest capital city. There will be zero attendance.

How To Be An Expert Gloom Burner

Now you can add your glooms to Zozobra to burn with him and release the gloom of a difficult year, so just save up your worries, anxieties and gloom to make Zozobra burn brighter than ever! 

Relationship gone south? Boss too bossy? Had it up to here with the virus? Whatever it is, we will burn your gloom for you! Or want to be a little introspective? What have you done to cause gloom for others this year? What part of you do you want to leave in the past? What are you ready to let go of so you can start anew?

Filled to the top of his gloomy head, Zozobra will burn bigger and brighter than ever because of the woes of 2020.  Every gloom will be printed out on paper and stuffed inside Zozobra before he burns on Friday, September 4, 2020.

Will YOU Be Ready to Burn Him?

Since this year's burning will be free to watch on television and online at https://www.koat.com/ we want to help you make the most of it. Here are some ideas to do just that:

  • Submite your gloom to burn with Zozobra!
  • Get your Zozobra gear here and dress up when you watch Zozobra go down in flames.
  • Dig out your favorite New Mexico recipes and put New Mexico's signature cuisine on table for Dinner with Zozobra!
  • Post pictures of your Zozobra Night on your social media and use the hashtags #zozobra and #burnmygloom for a chance to be featured on Zozobra's social media.
  • Gather the full force of your goodwill and faith in the future to call forth the Fire Spirit, Zozobra's immortal foe, who will battle the feelings of sorrow and despair that Zozobra has gathered and spread across the world.
  • Don't forget to shout "Burn Him" when the Fire Spirit appears!
  • Experience the freedom from gloom that happens when Zozobra goes down in flamres and fury..
  • Winess New Mexico’s most amazing fireworks display as you sing along to a song that you know and love.
  • Go to bed in the best mood ever and dream of a happier tomorrow!

Plan ahead!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2020  CURRENT SCHEDULED ROAD CLOSURES BY TIME OF DAY (subject to change)

5 AM

  • Murales Road closed from Fire Station No. 1 to Cuesta del Norte

4 PM

  • Murales Road closed from Bishop's Lodge Road to Old Taos Highway
  • Bishop's Lodge Road closed from Paseo de Peralta to Valley Drive, except for neighborhood traffic with residents credentials
  • Old Taos Highway closed from Paseo de Peralta to Rendon Road, except for neighborhood traffic with residents credentials

5 PM: REMINDER THAT BOTH BISHOP'S LODGE ROAD FROM PASEO DE PERALTA TO ARTIST ROAD AND OLD TAOS HIGHWAY FROM PASEO DE PERALTA TO RENDON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AT 8 PM AND WILL RE-OPEN AT APPROXIMATELY 11 PM

8 PM

  • Bishop's Lodge Road closed from Paseo de Peralta to Valley Drive, no traffic may pass
  • Old Taos Highway closed from Paseo de Peralta to Rendon Road, no traffic may pass

ROAD CLOSURES BY ROAD NAME (subject to change)

MURALES ROAD

  • Closed at 5 AM from Fire Station No. 1 to Cuesta del Norte

BISHOP'S LODGE ROAD

  • Closed at 4 PM from Paseo de Peralta to Valley Drive, except for neighborhood traffic with residents credentials
  • Full closure at 8 PM, no traffic may pass

OLD TAOS HIGHWAY

    • Old Taos Highway closed at 4 PM from Paseo de Peralta to Rendon Road, except for neighborhood traffic with residents credentials
    • Full closure at 8 PM, no traffic may pass

JOIN US ON TELEVISION ON KOAT CHANNEL 7 OR ONLINE AT https://www.koat.com/ TO BURN YOUR GLOOM IN SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, AT 8 PM MDT ON SEPTEMBER 4, 2020, THE FRIDAY BEFORE LABOR DAY!


Our commitment to our traditions is unwavering!

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