One of the perks of being on the New Mexico Tourism Commission is that it gives me an excuse to travel to different parts of the state for meetings and experience some of the incredible events New Mexico has to offer. Last night I headed to downtown Gallup for the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Parade. In its 92nd year, the Ceremonial began as a place for Native Americans to come together to share culture, friendship and family. It has become a major tourist attraction and a hub of celebration of Native culture for all.
Tribes from across the country participate in the parade, powwow and dances. I caught a few of the dancers as they made their way down the street last night. If you have never been, it’s definitely an event to add to your bucket list!