July 16 — LOS LUCHADORES, La Sonora Santanera (2016)

imageWe’re setting the standard pretty high for adventures and entertainment here in Santa Fe. Today we saw our first luchadore  match. It happened at the Viva Mexico fiesta at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, southwest of the city. There between the booths of wooden toys, beaded jewelry, and hand-sewn blouses — not far from the mariachi band — was a wrestling arena for one of Mexico’s oldest, bawdiest forms of entertainment. Fun fact: Masks were first introduced into wrestling at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1865 by Theobaud Bauer, who became known as “The Masked Wrestler.” But the Mexicans took wrestling personas to a new level as “Emmascarados.”


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