Friday, February 17, 2012

A Wedding to finish off a Birthday Bash

A girl waits for the mass wedding to start at the Arizona Supreme Court during the state's centennial bash around the capitol. Her mother was one of the people getting married. 

 Arizona's birthday bash concluded on Valentine's Day with, appropriately, a mass wedding for 96 couples. It was a good day at the Capitol. Native American and Mexican folklorico dancers performed. There were historic exhibits and lots of music. Rex Allen Jr, son of the late cowboy star Rex Allen, classical violinist Itzhak Perlman and Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton all put on free shows. Newton's was a spirited concert more than an hour long. While Perlman performed with a Mesa school group in the state senate. At the end of his performance he implored the Legislature not to cut arts funding during what is certain to be a budget cutting extravaganza during the session. Democrats in the Senate applauded enthusiastically while Republican Senators pretty much sat on their hands. 

There are more photos from the Centennial in my archive or available from ZUMA Press