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1.8 million take in Día de Muertos parade in Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico — Despite the threat of rain, nearly two million people gathered to watch the third annual Celebración del Día de Muertos in Mexico City.

Floats, dancers, marching bands, giant catrinas and classic cars made up this year’s massive parade with more than 1.8 million people lining city streets.

The parade, which commemorates the Day of the Dead, involves pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary elements. The first part of the parade, Death is a Journey, was followed by La gran Tenochtitlan, the pre-Hispanic past and the origin of the great migratory displacements in the Valley of Mexico.

1.8 million take in Día de Muertos parade in Mexico City
Photo: Otra Pais

Those who came to stay was another theme that included the arrival of European explorers to America, while Ciudad diversa acknowledged and gave voice to various historical and social cultural diversity of the city.

For Death in Life, the spectators were able to celebrate the Mexican tradition with the origin of the ritual in pre-Hispanic cultures that worshiped death.

Preparation for the parade took more than 10 months, and for the first time, included the states of Aguascalientes, Michoacán, Oaxaca and San Luis Potosí.