The Ft. Lauderdale parade and celebration for Day of the Dead was Nov. 2 this year. Karen, Luci and I took our boat down the river, docked at The Downtowner and joined more friends in Huizenga Park. We marched with the Los Angelitos group west along River Walk, then north up 3rd Avenue. The march of the skeletons ended, and the party started, at Revolution Live Entertainment Complex. (slide show)
Large skeletons of animals and dead folk were pushed and carried in the parade. Onlookers packed each side of the route. Many were dressed as elaborately as those marching.
Dia de los Muertos is a photographer’s dream. Participants are proud of their elaborate costumes. Many worked all year to prepare them. The music and celebration at the end of the walk is surreal.
The Mexican tradition of community members wandering through cities and villages in skeleton costumes and masks to visit the graves of their ancestors is alive and well in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Víva los Day of the Dead! (slide show)