National Hispanic Cultural Center/Paseo del Bosque Trail/CABQ BioPark and Tingley Beach
¡ILUMINARTE! is a winter holiday celebration inspired by luminarias and farolitos—a New Mexico tradition. This Sunday evening event includes storytelling, an illuminated bike parade along the Paseo del Bosque Trail, and performances by Story Riders–a bilingual after-school and bike-riding program for elementary school students—with Circo Latino, AirDance New Mexico and Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero. The event is free and open to the general public.
To participate in the Magical Light and Bike Parade, register here: https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/iluminarte-2019-parade-registration-form
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2019
3:30 pm. NHCC Plaza. CABQ Esperanza FREE bike clinic and valet. Get your bikes checked and ready for the parade. This is a great time to light yourself and your bike up, before the parade begins.
4:30 pm: Performance/NHCC Plaza. AirDance New Mexico performance: luminarias cast flickering light that dances across the wintery darkness, promoting warmth, guidance, and community. AirDance explores these themes through the lens of aerial dance. Free, no tickets required.
5 pm Illuminated Bike Parade. The ¡ILUMINARTE! cyclists, let by Circo Latino and Story Rider students from Dolores Gonzales, Reginald Chavez and Valle Vista Elementary Schools, and the general public proceed on illuminated bikes from NHCC plaza to the luminaria-lit Paseo del Bosque Trail. Cyclists ride to the rear entrance to the BioPark “River of Lights.” If you plan to ride in the parade, make sure you register. The parade is free and open to the public.
5:30 pm. Cyclists park their bikes with a free valet and then can wander the “River of Lights” during Magic Hour. Be sure you buy a ticket for entrance to the Botanical Gardens/ROL ahead of time.
6 pm: Performance/ABQ BioPark-River of Lights. Circo Latino performs for the opening of River of Lights.
6:30 (or so): Illuminated Bike Parade returns to Bosque Trail and goes south to Tingley Beach.
6:15 pm: Parade continues from the BioPark to Tingley Beach.
6:30 pm: Poetry Reading at Tingley Beach. ABQ Poet Laureate Michelle Otero with Story Riders from Valle Vista Elementary School. Free and open to the public.
7 pm: Illuminated Bike Parade continues back to NHCC and finishes in the luminaria-lit plaza.
7:15 pm: NHCC Plaza or History/Literary Arts Building. Hot chocolate, biscochitos. Free bike valet.
¡ILUMINARTE! is a one-of-a kind creative partnership between the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the City of Albuquerque, Story Riders, Artful Life, Circo Latino, AirDance New Mexico and the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program.