Thousands say goodbye to gloom at 92nd Annual Burning of Zozobra

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) –   Old Man Gloom stood 50 feet above the crowd.

“It’s cool, neat, cool when the fire is up,” said Xavier Roybal.

Tens of thousands of people packed the park. A little rain and wind didn’t faze the crowd members.

Some fit in a quick game of touch football while others laid out lawn chairs, snuggling to keep warm.

The crowd was eager to start the chant: “Burn him.”

Ashante Roybal said, “I’m excited that they changed him and that they change him every year.”

This year’s 1940’s themed echoed throughout the event, even on Old Man Gloom.

“We’ve really been able to think outside the box I mean this is the first time in 92 years that Zozobra has had a hat,” said Scott Wiseman.

He wore a  fedora, suit and tie.

Creators even had a little fun with his gestures this year.

“I was so surprised he had a hat, he’s never had a hat,” said one attendee.

For so many, the Burning of Zozobra is a family tradition. It is a time to start fresh and burn away all the bad things from the past year.

“I put bad relationships in him and Donald Trump,” said Deb Martinez.

The lights went out and everyone who wrote down a worry saw it burn to the ground, a new start for New Mexicans.

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