Mexico City, Mexico — The government of Mexico City, together with the Tourism Promotion Council (CPTM) and the Federal Tourism Secretariat organize the monumental Day of the Dead parade for the second year.
The celebration of death have accompanied Mexicans since pre-Hispanic times.The parade has themes including The Living Death, which represents the symbolic duality between pre-Hispanic culture and conquest. This section will also seek to pay tribute to the solidarity of Mexicans during the earthquakes of 7 and 19 September. This traditional celebration also includes the Monumental Offering and the Musical Forum in Plaza de la Constitución.
The second part of the parade will correspond to Calaveras Feast, which will be made up of giant puppets deployed along the 10 kilometers of the parade. It will start in Reforma, at the height of the Stele of Light and end in the Zócalo and last between three and four hours.
This unique event involves 1028 volunteers, 40 traditional dancers, 3 giant puppets, 30 puppets, 3 alebrijes, 2 mojigangas, 1 monolith, 2 pushing cars, 1 allegorical car and 6 musical groups, along more than 4 kilometers from the Angel of Independence to The Zócalo of Mexico City, by the producers Callejón Salao and Ánima Inc.
The Celebration of the Day of the Dead has its immediate antecedent in the celebration of the dead of diverse cultures originating in Mesoamerica. In various ways, funeral rites became celebrations that accompanied the dead as they passed into other dimensions.
The arrival of a new religion product of the Conquest, brought with it new elements that merged with the prehispanic to constitute the traditional Day of the Dead festival.
This year’s festival will be dedicated to the memory of the victims of the September earthquakes, in recognition of the solidarity culture of volunteers and rescuers.