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Fiesta time at St. John’s

The Los Matachines de San Juan dance group in 2017 leads a procession to honor St. John the Baptist. The dancers perform traditional dances accompanied by a drummer. The festival will be held Sunday from 8 a.m. to around 6 p.m. There will be live entertainment, food and a raffle for a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. Fr. Lalo Espinosa, pastor of St. John’s, said the church has been doing the festival for about 20 years. “I think everybody is excited about the fiesta,” Espinosa said. “It is a wonderful moment to come together to share stories about our lives and ministries.” June 24 is recognized as the birthday. The Nativity of John the Baptist (or Birth of John the Baptist, or Nativity of the Forerunner, or, in German, Johannistag) is a Christian feast day celebrating the birth of John the Baptist, a prophet who foretold the coming of the Messiah in the person of Jesus, whom he later baptized. (Sandra Martinez Photo)

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A parishioner cooks red enchiladas and pambazos at the 2017 San Juan Fiesta at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist). The church is located at 506 S. Lincoln Ave. The public is invited. (Sandra Martinez Photo)

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