Monday, October 24, 2011

Dia de los Muertos

On Saturday, we spent the day downtown at the Dia de Los Muertos (Mexican Day of the Dead) festival. Tony and I used to go before we had kids, and we were excited to take Jackson and Olivia this year.

Lentil tacos with guacamole gave us some fuel for the celebration.

The very cool Mexic-Arte Museum puts on this festival each year. I love the murals on the side of the museum.

The ofrendas were so gorgeous, covered with paper marigolds and offerings for the departed.

Jackson liked the skeleton musicians.

Sugar skull lollipops were a big hit with the kids. Jackson made a big, sticky mess with his. For the rest of the day, his hair smelled like burnt sugar (which was kind of nice.)

On the music stage, bands played all day long. There were also vendors selling Dia de los Muertos art and Mexican food.

Finally it was time for the parade. We headed over to 6th Street to get a good viewing spot. A big cheer went up when the parade came into view.

I loved all the dancers in their amazing costumes and skeleton make-up.

There were also dancers with giant papier-mache skull heads, who stopped and did a little dance in front of us.

How was your weekend?


  1. That looks like a blast! I sure do miss the southwest.

  2. Ah, that looks like so much fun! I love the marigold arches too. That aesthetic appeals to me a lot but we don't see much of it here in NY!

  3. Cool! I love Day of the Dead festivals!!

  4. looks like lots of fun! we went to a museum exhibit in chicago for a spanish class field trip in high school. i loved it!

  5. I went to dia de los muertos for the first time last year and it was so much fun!

  6. Wow, this looks like and AMAZING experience! I love the artwork and visuals associated with the Day of the Dead and the idea behind it. Definitely sounds like a great weekend!

  7. I would have loved that! Looks like a lot of fun!

  8. That was a fun weekend I guess....festival weekends are certainly something to look forward to!

  9. Looks like lots of fun for you guys and the kiddos! We didn't do much this weekend. Just hit up a famers market on Sunday :)

  10. What fun! You have such a beautiful family!!!

  11. what a fun time you had:)
    I've given you the Liebster award - hope you'll accept it:)