Tomorrow Is Anza Day At Tubac & Tumacacori!by Jim Gressinger on Oct. 18, 2013, under Soldiers & Indians, Southern Arizona Attractions, Southern Arizona History & Culture, Things To Do With The Kidz
I was going to photograph the Rotary Club’s Classic Car Show on the East Side of Tucson tomorrow morning. However, I belatedly realized tomorrow is Anza Day at Tubac & Tumacacori. The Spanish soldiers mount up at 9 AM at the Fiesta Grounds on the north side of Tumacacori Mission. Swords, lances, muskets, and banners … such an imposing sight they must have presented in 16th century New Spain.
Mass at the Old Church is at 10 AM. I particularly want to be there for Mass. Not to photograph it. That would be sacrilegious. When we went two years ago a 13-year-old girl sang the Ave Maria … the most beautiful rendition I have ever heard … made all that more glorious by the acoustics of the Old Church. Now 15, this “Voice Of An Angel” will sing once again.
Then at about 10:45 AM, the priest will bless the Conquistadors and their mounts and off they will go on the grueling 4 mile ride along the Santa Cruz River north to El Presidio de Tubac. About noon or shortly after the riders will arrive at the festivities taking place throughout the Village until about 4 PM.
Ms. Karen plans to walk the 4 miles with the horses. I’m going to drive up to Tubac and start walking south along the River to get some pictures as the riders near the Village in all their military splendor.
Maybe see you there?