Día de los Muertos
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a special holiday celebrated annually in Mexico and parts of the United States honoring deceased loved ones. It embodies the belief that death is a natural and necessary part of life, inviting participants to celebrate rather than mourn. During the celebration, families and friends of departed loved ones create a space for them to return to the world of the living and celebrate those things which they enjoyed in life.
The Brooks partners with Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group to present this annual event, where families are invited to honor ancestors and celebrate the cycle of life and death. To keep everyone healthy and still bring you this great event, the 2020 Dia de los Muertos event will look a little different than previous years.
This year's Dia de los Muertos will be a “reverse parade” where all the musicians, performers, floats, and displays you've come to love will be on the sidelines, and all our visitors will drive through Overton Park to observe them – similar to the way families enjoy Shelby Farms’ holiday light display, “Starry Nights.”
The parade will feature free take-home art-making kits, music, and performers including Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis, Herencia Hispana, and Mariachi Guadalajara. Also featured will be costumed performers from Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group dressed as La Calavera Catrina. The figure of Catrina – an opulently dressed female skeleton – was created by the Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada in 1910, and has become an icon of Dia de losMuertos celebrations.
Art-making kits that feature several different activities related to Dia de los Muertos will be available on the day of the event, along the parade route. Take them home to enjoy as a family and share your creations with us on our Facebook page.
Visitors can also enjoy an audio tour about the Day of the Dead in both Spanish and English from the comfort of their car or home. 'Stops' will include descriptions of the origins of Dia de los Muertos, La Catrina, and more. Audio guides will me available Saturday on the Brooks' Soundcloud account.
Admission is free.
Download the parade route.