Dia de Los Muertos Festival
Dia de los Muertos is rooted in Hispanic and Central-American traditions, and originated centuries ago with the ancient indigenous Aztecs. They honored the lives of their late family members by creating and decorating beautiful altars with colorful flowers and favorite belongings of the departed. The tradition continued and has become popular in the United States.
This free, family-friendly event includes a traditional procession, altar displays, food and arts vendors, crafts and art gallery, live entertainment and much more for the family to enjoy. All cultures are welcome to participate in this celebration.
Everyone is welcome to create an altar (ofrenda) in memory of a deceased loved one, family member and/or friend. The beautiful offerings are the centerpieces of the festival, and participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible. Altar creation is free, and pre-registration is required. Applications must be submitted to the Recreation and Parks Department (615 South McClelland Street) by Wednesday, October 24th.
This year’s festival includes a Catrines and Catrinas Contest. Dress up in the spirit of the Day of the Dead. Prizes will be given to the best ensemble. Participants can register onsite.