Burn Your Gloom, No Matter the Distance

SantaFe.com to provide exclusive Internet live stream of Zozobra burn

Date August 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Author Staff

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Community Entertainment & Nightlife Festivals

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 The 90th Burning of Zozobra takes place at Ft. Marcy Park on Labor Day Weekend, Friday, August 29, 2014.

The thought of missing out on dancing gloomies, dusk on Ft. Marcy Park and watching flames crawl up a moaning 50-foot marionette puppet is enough to bring a tear to the eye of any fiesta fanatic who is unable to attend the annual burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra. This year the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe comes to the rescue, announcing a live web stream and television production of the burning of Zozobra in a partnership with Hutton Broadcasting/SantaFe.com and Santa Fe Community Television SFCTV-16.

The stream will be accessible on the night of the burn at santafe.com/zozobra. It will also be broadcast live on Santa Fe Community television at SFCTV-16.

"There is no substitute for experiencing Zozobra in person but we do realize that just because many of our family and friends cannot make the show, they should not be excluded from the celebration," said Ray Sandoval, Zozobra event chairman.

"Because the date change came so close to the event date, we wanted to make sure that all of Zozobra's fans will be able to see this very special 90th burning of Old Man Groucher," said Amado Abeyta, president of The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe.

"This live stream will provide special access to people who can't make it to Santa Fe for this year's burn," said Todd Eric Lovato, digital manager of SantaFe.com and Hutton Broadcasting. "Using (hashtag) #zozobra via social media, people across the globe can view and take part in one of our city's signature cultural events, in real time."

2014 kicks off the beginning of Zozobra's "Decades Project," a celebration of past Zozobras, with each decade recreated each subsequent year – as Old Man Gloom marches towards his 100th anniversary. This year's Zozobra is a recreation of a Old Man Gloom from the 1920s, the first decade that Santa Fe's legendary artist Will Shuster brought his famous friend to life.

Proceeds from the Burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra fund scholarships for local college-bound high school seniors and single parents who are working hard to improve their lives and the lives of their children, as well as grants to local nonprofits whose focus are the children and youth of Santa Fe. The program also offers a worldwide reach, as funds from Zozobra are contributed to Kiwanis International's project ELIMINATE, which is working to eliminate neo-natal tetanus from the planet. Recent contributions from Zozobra have saved the lives of more than 6,000 women and children.

Contact Sandoval at burnhim@burnzozobra.com

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