Taos lilac festival blooms May 17

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The Taos Lilac Festival is blossoming for the first time in Taos, with a three-day free event celebrating the heritage of lilacs, May 17–19.
The inaugural Grand Festival Weekend will include a pet parade and costume contest; live music and dancing; children’s carousel; food and crafts vendors; and many family friendly activities.
Lilacs flourish abundantly in Taos and peak the last two weeks of May.

“The Taos Lilac Festival is aimed at celebrating the abundant lilacs that grace our Town, and to promote their care and planting throughout the Taos area,” said co-organizer John Hamilton. “We hope this new event will not only draw visitors to enjoy the fragrant beauty of Taos in the springtime but encourage residents to properly maintain and grow these beautiful flowers which thrive in our town.”

For the duration of the festival around Taos Plaza, festival-goers can purchase unique art from more than 40 talented artisans who work with a variety of mediums including ceramics, fiber, wood, metal work, jewelry and crafts.
The crafts fair is open from 12:30–7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17; and 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. on both Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Specialty food vendors and Lilac Festival merchandise will be available. Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos will sell the purple plants and show lilac lovers how to care for them. The crafts fair is sponsored by, and benefits, the Community Against Violence.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, pet owners are invited to dress pets in costume for a pet contest and parade which will assemble in the parking lot at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church located at 205 Don Fernando St. The public is asked to keep their pets are leashed or safely caged.
The pet parade will start at 10 a.m. and proceed from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to Taos Plaza.
The pet parade and costume contest are sponsored by Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.
Following the pet parade, Father Niggel from Our Lady of Guadalupe parish will offer a special blessing of the pets at the gazebo in Taos Plaza.
People are welcome to bring their animals to the pet blessing without participating in the parade. 

The Taos Lion’s Club is donating the use of their Tio Vivo Carousel, with free rides for the kids. The restored “flying jenny” carousel will operate from 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and will be located along Taos Plaza.

Visit the Taos Lilac Festival website for details.