Slum dogs, gatos gordos, y hood rats were all present at the 2009 Muertos y Marigolds parade. After several years of hearing about this Dia de Los Muertos parade, we decided we were really missing out. First, we had to don the calavera makeup and proper attire.
Then we headed down to the South Valley around 3:15 or so, and lucked out, finding parking only a few blocks away from the parade's ending point. There were already quite a few folks lining the route, and although it was hard for our daughter to wait for the parade, she filled her time posing for endless pictures. And it was a lot of fun milling around with all of the other folks and checking out all of the amazing calavera makeup, masks, and costumes.
We could hear the parade before we could see it, and quickly realized we chose the wrong side of the street--taking pictures into the setting sun. So, the photos won't be great, but here's what we could get:
As we took photos of the parade, several of the parade entrants stopped to photograph all of the calaveras lined up in the crowd.
This entry was decked out with gatos gordos.
Senior esqueleto himself makes an appearance.
Catarina also watched from the sidelines.
All the little calaveras keeping an eye out for candy.
In addition to photographing into the sun, we also ran out of battery power, so we couldn't photograph the continuing festivities at the Westside Community Center, which included musicians, dancers, and other entertainment. Of course, there were many ofrendas, as well, including a poignant ofrenda to the missing women found on the West Mesa earlier this year. It was humbling to see them remembered, and to be reminded of those we've loved and lost.
The folks who organized this year's Muertos y Marigolds parade did a fantastic job. Thank you!