Snowdown returns with Steampunk twist

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Numerous people brace the rain in downtown Durango during the annual Snowdown Parade. The small drizzle didn’t stop citizens from warming up from the colorful parade floats.
A flame dancer shows off her moves to a cheering crowd during the annual Snowdown Parade.
Many floats during the Snowdown parade were fit with lights and lamps to further attract spectators.
Police patrolman admire the bright floats that are rolling through downtown Durango.
The theme for this year’s Snowdown is Steampunk, which requires fashionable Victorian era style clothing.
Many Snowdown events accommodated guests with cocktails and Steampunk activities.
Snowdown attendees give a "salud" to good health.
Many attendees of the Snowdown festival spent a large amount of time putting together their fashionable costumes.
Snowdown attendees cheer in downtown Durango while posing in their comical Lego outfits.
Timing was everything for Pedro Vigil (l) and AJ Vigil (r) while racing to get to the balls at the center court line. Vicious and Delicious won this heat and advanced up in the bracket but ended up falling short of victory, as they placed 3rd at this year’s tournament.
The only four left standing for team ‘Vicious and Delicious’ were (l-r): AJ Vigil, Cesar Moriel, RC Luerco and Orion Watts, at this years Snowdown Dodge ball Tournament held at Durango Rec. Center Thursday, January, 29. ‘Vicious and Delicious’ ended up taking 3rd place.
AJ Vigil throws the ball hoping to hit the opposing team. SUCAP was sponsoring this years Steampunk Snowdown Dodgeball Tournament with all proceeds going to Ignacio Community youth programs. Youth involved in SUCAP’S programs got to referee the tournament.
Orion Watts guns it trying to get the other team out at the SUCAP sponsored Steampunk Snowdown Dodgeball Tournament held at Durango Rec. Center Thursday, January 29.
Ignacio Rez Girls (back row) won the championship during the Snowdown 3-on-3 basketball tourney in the 5th and 6th grade girls division. The Ignacio Bobcats (front row) won in the 7th and 8th grade girls division.
Jonas Nanaeto puts up a three-pointer during boys competition during the Snowdown Steamdunk 3-on-3 basketball tourney on Saturday, Jan. 31. The Snowdown Steamdunk basketball tournament was a two-day event held at the Durango Recreation Center.
The Ignacio Rez Girls (above) compete in the Snowdown Steamdunk 3-on-3 girl’s basketball tournament Sunday, Feb. 1 at the Durango Recreation Center. The Ignacio Rez Girls ultimately won the tournament in the 5th and 6th grade division.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins |The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Courtesy Cindy Valdez
Courtesy Sheila Nanaeto
Courtesy Sheila Nanaeto
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The annual Snowdown Festival made its return to Durango and was met with positive reactions. The festivities ran from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1 and featured numerous attractions and activities. This year’s theme was Steampunk; a dystopian, H.G. Wells type theme complete with Victorian era clothing with a futuristic twist. Citizens from around La Plata County gathered in downtown Durango to experience the fun.

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