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Taos News

TAOS CELEBRATES DENNIS HOPPER DAY

TAOS, NM – In a great spirit of celebration, the town and county of Taos, as well as Taos Pueblo, will host “Dennis Hopper Day” on Saturday (May 17).

Taos Pueblo Gov. Clyde M. Romero, issued a statement saying, “We, the Red Willow People of the Taos Valley, recognize May 17, 2014, as Dennis Hopper Day. Our forefathers let Dennis shoot his film, ‘Easy Rider,’ in 1968 and he became friends with our Elders and People of the Pueblo. On May 17th, we will recognize Dennis Hopper Day annually.”

The day’s schedule of events is presented by Eagle Thunder Enterprises.

The day begins with an invitation to all motorcyclists to ride in the first-ever “Easy Rider Ride.” It is free to ride and you can register at dennishopperday.com.

Bikers will gather at 11 a.m. in the Ranchos de Taos Plaza, off State Road 68 near the old El Cortez Theater where Hopper lived at one point. The 49-mile ride will then commence at 1 p.m. Riders will travel south to Pilar, with the planned route going through the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

The ride will then turn north to reach the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. It will then loop around to the next scheduled stop, Taos Pueblo, which will include a gathering with representatives, family, and community. Taos Pueblo Tribal Police and Taos County Sheriff will escort the ride.

The Easy Rider Ride will culminate in the Historic Taos Plaza, with exclusive parking for participating motorcycles beginning at 4 p.m.

Local Taos band, The Damn Band, will kick off the Dennis Hopper Commemoration Reception in the Plaza at 4 p.m. with performances of songs from the “Easy Rider” movie soundtrack. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Afterward, Taos Mayor Dan Barrone and officials will make a town and county of Taos proclamation. In addition to recognizing May 17 as Dennis Hopper Day, there will be an announcement about making it an official town and county holiday.

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