Dia de Los Muertos Celebration!12:20 PM
Hola! Just wanted to share with you the lovely
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Celebration + Parade we participated in this week in our neighborhood!
It was my first time celebrating Dia de los Muertos and let me tell you I am celebrating it from this point on!
There is an annual parade and festivities hosted by Pros Arts Studio & it is open to the community and anyone else who would love to join in & celebrate Dia de los Muertos.
|the transformation begins!!|
|the gymnasium had tables and tables of volunteers painting people's faces to prepare for the parade...|
|tradition is to paint your face like a calavera (skeleton) for the Day of the Dead in remembrance of your loved ones that have passed on..|
|Pros Arts Studio has a circus tricks class for youth and here is the class after performing for us with juggling, balancing acts & stilt walking! It was so great to see the children show off the skills they had learned!|
|clearly the "warm-up" shot... :)|
|heehee, love the contrast of poses here! <3|
|Loved Loved her calavera (skeleton) necklace!!! no, seriously, I was IN LOVE with it!|
|Handmade paper flowers in her hair!|
|He was in character the entire time after getting his face painted :)|
|Grabbing some instruments in preparation for the parade! & Check out that lovely GIANT paper mache skeleton strumming his guitar! It took around 3 people to carry that one in the parade!|
|some more handmade decorations & props people carried in the parade|
|Some were huge and took 2 or 3 people to hold them and they danced against the sky, hovering over the crowd...|
|As we marched through the streets... we saw a beautiful altar of flowers, sweet bread and candles in front of a house and my night mode flash created this effect!|
|You should know, I am a fan of crazy photo effects like this! :) heehee.|
|Music! All the children were given an instrument to play, cymbals, drums, maracas, & more but there was also a live band marching with us, creating the underlying rhythm of the parade!|
|Something intriguing about the way almost everyone had their face painted! Def. made it a lot of fun to look around!|
|Here are some parade action shots...|
|There was hundreds of people and we walked through the small side streets and up to 18th street, stopping traffic and gaining participants along the way!|
|She made her "La Catrina" costume and I LOVED the flower embellishments on her hat!|
|They were both in character I tell you --& face-paint goes a long way! (scary!)|
|I couldn't get enough of how lovely she had made her costume! Next year I want to dress up too!|
|Once back at the gymnasium a group of Aztec dancers performed for us!|
A HUGE shout-out to Pros Arts Studio for hosting such an amazing event!
You can check them out HERE.
|One side is me when I am happy & one when I am mad :) heehee, just playing (sorta).|
|Can't wait to dress up & celebrate Dia de los Muertos next year!|
Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you enjoyed the pics!
Have a wonderful saturday & weekend!
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Des, Mano y Metal