Regional
7:56 am
Tue August 30, 2011

'Zozobra' Organizers Hope To Limit Crowd

Santa Fe, New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) Organizers of the Santa Fe's annual burning of Zozobra are hoping to keep crowd numbers in check.

KKOB-AM (770) reports (http://bit.ly/q3udFr ) that tickets for this year's Sept. 8 event will have bar codes in an effort to keep the crowd to below 25,000 at Santa Fe's Fort Marcy Park.

The burning of the white marionette precedes the Fiesta de Santa Fe weekend in New Mexico's capital.

The fiery ritual is intended to burn away a year's worth of troubles.

Event producer Ray Valdez says said the biggest crowd at Zozobra was in 1993 when around 33,000 people attended but the annual event then was on a Friday evening.

He said the event was moved to Thursday night a few years later.

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