Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos

Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican celebration that happens on the 1st and 2nd of November.

During this time the living celebrate the dead in their new stage of life, not seen as a time for sadness but as another stage in the cycle of life. The day was named official UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008.

Over the weekend, the capital held its first parade to commenorate the event starting at the Angel of the Revolution, moving down Reforma to the Zocalo. Shout out to the scouts who were onsite to help out!!

The participants were more than happy to stand for photos from the crowd
If you watch the carnival scene in the new James Bond film, Spectre, you’ll see some of these guys in the crowds.
The Mexican people at the parade with me did not know what these are supposed to be, but they look pretty scary!
Catrinas, a typical figure of this time of year.
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There were a couple of floats too
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Some of the paraders tried (and succeeded) in being very frightening.
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Bicycles rode past, each bearing a banner with a different way of say a person had died.
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In the middle of the parade, many vintage cars made an appearance, each carrying a Catrina with balloons.
Even the attending pets got into the mood with many sporting costumes. Dog-cula here kindly posed for a picture.

 

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