Second Annual Dennis Hopper Day Celebration Rolls Out In Style

Bikers galore filled the Ranchos De Taos Plaza


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Taos News: How would have Dennis Hopper celebrated his 79th birthday? It's difficult to tell but most likely an Easy Rider Ride would have appealed to him. Over 150 riders and a large crowd of fans participated in the second annual Dennis Hopper Day...

"We wanted to commemorate Dennis and his many contributions to Taos," said Robby Romero. "We had a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine, which made for a wonderful ride. I believe that the spirit of Dennis Hopper was with us and having a great time. "

2015 Academy Award Winner Patricia Arquette was among the events special guests. "I got to make two movies with Dennis," she said. "He made the first truly independent film that was very successful, "Easy Rider" which changed the possibilities for independent cinema. He was an incredible person and I am happy to be here to honor him, in this town, his home, a place that he loved so much."

The first thing on actor and blues musician Gary Farmer's mind was getting a drink of water. Farmer and dozens of motorcyclists had just arrived in Ranchos De Taos from a rally in Santa Fe where the first event in Sunday's (May 17) "Easy Rider Ride" took place.

A screening of "Easy Rider" and costume contest took place at Old Martina's Hall as part of the commemoration celebration, which also featured music by Robby Romero and Robert Mirabal of Iron Horse. "At any given moment our iconic historical figures are present with us, from Mable Dodge Lujan to Dennis Hopper," said Mirabal. "It's good to celebrate the blessings they bestowed on us. They represent the intensity of the Wild West and the freedom of who we are."

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