FREE/Sat. 4-7 - Rolling Altar workshop and MORE for Day Of The Dead for the public

On Saturday Oct 22, 4-7pm, Jimmy Descant, ‘Rocketman’ and the Day Of The Dead Salida crew will help facilitate your creative expression on WHEELS by bringing his bounty of raw parts, hardware, and excitement to Ken Braden’s creative mecca Box Of Bubbles at 2nd and E, in efforts to make the Day Of The Dead parade on Nov. 2 at 6 at Alpine Park to the river even more spectacular than in previous years . YOU need to bring strollers, wagons, bike carts, hand trucks... anything with wheels that you can pull or push! His rolling altar was made from just upending an aluminum lawn chair! BRING SPOOKY stuff, and personal items from home too! Portraits of loved ones, ribbon, skulls, jars and cans and CANDLES! Krista Jarvis, Kat Clapp, Andrea Mossman, and James Brown already did a great event of mask making with the kids at the Boys and Girls Club, and they will be creating traditional adorned sugar skulls that will be for sale, as well as helping kids and adults decorate costumes and parade gear.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico developed from ancient traditions among its pre-Columbian cultures. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. The festival that developed into the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the goddess known as the "Lady of the Dead", corresponding to the modern La Calavera Catrina.

By the late 20th century in most regions of Mexico, practices had developed to honor dead children and infants on November 1, and to honor deceased adults on November 2. November 1 is generally referred to as Día de los Inocentes ("Day of the Innocents") but also as Día de los Angelitos ("Day of the Little Angels"); November 2 is referred to as Día de los Muertos or Día de los Difuntos ("Day of the Dead").

Join us for a parade and potluck in honor of the Dead! Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm we will parade from Alpine Park to Riverside Park. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume and bring altars or ephemera in honor of their dead. Immediately following the parade, there will be a potluck at Wood's Distillery for the whole family. Musicians, singing, noise makers, and people of all sorts are welcome!

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