Anza Day Mass is on! 10 AM Tumacácori National Historical Park! Anza Day Celebration is Saturday, October 19, 2013 in Tubac Village, Tumacacori National Historical Park & the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. This annual celebration commemorates Anza’s 1775 expedition from Tubac to the Pacific where he founded a settlement that would become San Francisco. The highlight of Tubac’s Anza Day Celebration is the colorful reenactment ride on horseback from Tumacácori to Tubac.
The riders will mount at 9 am at the Fiesta Grounds north of the Tumacácori National Historical Park and will be available for photographs. Armed with a shield, leather armor and 9 foot lances, the soldiers on horseback will practice their skills on the grounds. At 10:45 am, the riders will move to the Tumacácori Mission Church for a blessing of the expedition. The group led by Colonel Anza will embark on their 4-mile journey along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail to Tubac.
Activities at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Tubac Village will be held from 12 noon to 4 pm. This family-friendly event will also feature Spanish Colonial living history presentations, frontier printing press demonstrations, folklorico dancing, mariachi music, children’s activities and food vendors
Free admission all day for the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and the Anza Days events in Tubac Village. Admission to the Tumacácori National Historical Park is free during the Mission Mass and blessing of the expedition in the morning.
This event is produced by Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona, Tubac Chamber of Commerce, Tubac Rotary, and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.
Schedule of Activities
8:30 AM 5K Fun Run
Mass and blessing of the horses at Tumacácori Mission
Historic Anza Reenactment Ride begins at Tumacácori and follows the Anza Trail.
12 Noon – Tubac Village – Rio Rico High School Marching Band
New! Horse-drawn carriages to take visitors throughout the village.
On the stage in Tubac Plaza:
- 12 Noon Lourdes Academy Folklorico dancers
- 1:10 PM Ted Rameriz
- 2:00 PM TBA
- 3:00 PM Mariachi Band
1:30 PM Arrival of Anza Riders in Tubac and ceremonial ride through the village followed by educational talk and photo op at Tubac Presidio
Taking place at Tubac Presidio throughout the day:
Green Valley Amateur Radio Club broadcast
Spanish Barbs/Donkeys (Photo op)
Hands on Activities for kids including:
- Paper flowers
- Leather working
- Bracelet making
- God’s Eye’s
Recreation of an Anza Campsite
Food and beverages will be available near the Tubac Plaza Stage and at the Tubac Presidio