Anza Day 2014

(Above) William Islas, costumed as Capt. Juan Bautista de Anza, leads the group of 22 riders into the state park on Oct. 18.

Hundreds of people enjoyed a day of living history when Anza Day was celebrated at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Entertainment on a stage, including Ballet Folklorico La Paloma, singer Ted Ramirez, an Anza Fashion Show, and Mariachi Apache, was enjoyed by all.

There were six tables of children’s craft activities that drew excited youngsters. Six Spanish Barb horses, an historic breed, were on display. Several food vendors were on site with tasty snacks and meals.

The main event was the annual reenactment of 22 costumed riders on horseback. They arrived in Tubac before noon and remained at the presidio park until the departure and blessing in mid-afternoon.

The annual Tubac event celebrates the 1,200-mile journey of Capt. Juan Bautista de Anza and 240 soldiers and civilians in 1775-76 from what is now southern Arizona, across deserts and north through California to settle what is now San Francisco.


Alfredo Mendivil cares for one of the six Spanish Barb horses on display. This horse is characterized by a bald face and lightning strike legs.

In addition to the park, other sponsors were the Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona, the Tubac Chamber of Commerce, the Tubac Rotary Club and Tumacácori National Historical Park.