In 1950 quiz show host Ralph Edwards challenged cities of North America to change their names to Truth Or Consequences, and he would honor the first to do so by broadcasting his show from the show's new namesake. The little town of Hot Springs, New Mexico, accepted the challenge.
Good as his word Edwards came here. Not once but every spring for half century. He started the Fiesta celebration, riding a big stallion as Grand Marshall leading the parade and kicking off a weekend of festivities. The tradition endures.
|Parade Honor Guard|
About nine years a group of citizens seized the theme of that year's Fiesta, Space, in honor of Spaceport America built nearby, and donned colanders as helmets with weird things woven into them to guard of against alien mind control.
The group has thrived and expanded and numbers today almost 40. They march at the parade wearing their headpiece adornments.
|A Colander Head in TorC|
This year, after some debate, the chosen theme of the 2104 Fiesta was, hmm, Fiesta.
Party on, dudes.
It comes at a good time. For some reason, perhaps global climate change, it has been a cold and long and drawn out winter. Oh, sure, there is usually plenty of sun in the sunny Southwest but until yesterday night timely temperatures were staying stubbornly stuck in the low 40s. Today was different. The sun did its job and warmed things up.
In the Happy Belly Deli on Broadway crowds gathered and breakfasted outdoors. Women wore formal attire and cowboy outfits. Anything goes in TorC and usually does.
|Miss Fiesta, her court and her honor guard|
After several years of lower and lower water levels, it now snakes by south of the city a peaceful haven for waterfowl, fish and fishermen.
How this came about with so much drought no one seems to know but everyone is quite happy.
|The Shriners' float, colorful as always|
Busing is more than anything a state of mind. It is parades, rivers, seeing things and meeting people. Camping and saying hello and goodbye to friends and acquaintances met along the way.
|Moonrise over the Rio Grande|