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Cabalgata Binacional & Raid Day Commemoration
Dates: March 11, 2023
Location: Downtown Columbus New Mexico
Address: 215 Broadway Ave., Village Plaza, Columbus, NM 88029
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price: All events free of charge. Except for riding experiences along the route.

2nd Saturday in March marks the Anniversary of the Punitive Expedition in chasing Villa after his attack on Columbus, NM. The Cabalgata Binacional or Binational Cavalry Trail Remembrance Ride are enthusiastic riders from Mexico and the USA join together in peace and unity to honor the casualties of 1916 Raid. The 1st Cabalgata Binacional was held in 1999 when riders came together in friendship and hope to spur economic development on the Columbus, NM-Palomas, Chihuahua border. The events will start on Thursday, March 9th with the Columbus Historical Society who will hold its annual service behind the Depot Museum in the Memorial Garden featuring a replica gazebo of the time. Columbus is the birthplace to American Military Aviation. The Punitive Expedition led by General Pershing in chasing after Villa into Mexico, was the last 20th Century battle with horsemen and was the first 20th Century military action using motorized equipment. The Historical Society Museum will be open and visitors can see many displays and exhibits, or watch a video on the raid. At 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11th, the Cabalgantes (riders) will lead the parade for the final 3 miles of their 15 day ride: destination Columbus. We invite you to bring your horse and ride with participants from the Port of Entry or call the Chamber for arrangements to meet the group at the northern end of Chihuahua, Mexico (fees involved, depending on accommodations and the number of days riding; includes a mount and amenities). All day Saturday in the Village Plaza, sample local vendors cuisine, watch dancers perform to traditional and authentic Mexican ballet folkloricos, and enjoy mariachis music. Other live entertainment will be held throughout the day TBA later. Visit the local museums, hear historians recount the tales of the past, enjoy a documentary film at the Pancho Villa State Park or Tumbleweed Theater. Come dressed in your best era depicted clothing for local judges walking in the crowd. Local artists will set up exhibits at the Columbus Public Library, aka the Village's only hot-spot to check your email with free wifi service. Pancho Villa State Park and Museum will host their Camp Furlong Days; all events will be held in the Rec Hall featuring historical talks and slideshows. For more information call the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, or Pancho Villa State Park (575)531-2711, Columbus Historical Society (575)531-2620 or 1st Aero Squadron (575)519-1100.

Cabalgata Binacional & Raid Day Commemoration
  • 215 Broadway Ave.
  • Columbus, NM 88029
  • to
  • Downtown Columbus New Mexico
  • All events free of charge. Except for riding experiences along the route.