Fair   56.0F  |  Forecast »

Day of the Dead Celebration in Southwest Detroit

There's no better place to celebrate Dia de los Muertos than in Mexicantown. See ofrendas Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2013, and join in a 5K/10K run Saturday.

This time of year, Halloween presents plenty of frightening images focused on, well, dead (and even "undead") creatures. But in reality, while death can be sad, it doesn't have to be scary – or even taboo. That's what fuels the traditional Day of the Dead – aka Dia de los Muertos – honored in early November each year in Mexico (it coincides with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day). And, here at home, it's being celebrated in Southwest Detroit from Thursday, Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

On all three days, you can explore the ofrendas on display throughout the Mexicantown area. These private altars honor deceased relatives and friends. They're decorated with sugar skulls, bright marigold flowers and favorite foods and beverages of the deceased person.

In 2013, there are 17 ofrendas to discover at area restaurants, community centers, churches and stores. Watch for altars honoring heroes of the Mexican Revolution, local neighborhood residents – even one for famous aviator (and native Detroiter) Charles A. Lindbergh. On its website, Southwest Detroit Business Association offers a brochure with locations and hours for each ofrenda, so you can create your own (roughly) one-hour walking tour.

Speaking of getting moving: On Saturday, be sure to take part in the annual Run of the Dead at Patton Park Recreation Center. It takes off at 9 a.m. (show up early between 7 and 8 a.m. the day of the event to register in person). The 5K/10K run, which is open to adults and kids, takes participants through two historic cemeteries and features entertainment like guitarists, stilt walkers, singers and a Danza de la Muerte (Dance of Death) by the Living Arts Youth Ensemble. Runners also vie for prizes by age group and get swag bag. The event wraps up by noon.

Looking for a good sampling of the holiday all in one spot? The Mexicantown Fiesta Center hosts seven altar exhibits, lectures, a short film and outdoor "cemetery." It will have hours between Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Nov. 5. During the main Saturday festivities, it's open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The entry cost here is $2/adults and $1/students.

Note that while there are also a variety of workshops offered each year, as of the week of the event, nearly all are full/sold out.

For more information on the Day of the Dead 2013 activities in Southwest Detroit, check out the Metro Parent listing.

Add your comment:
Advertisement

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Popsicle Stick Spider Web Craft with Pompom Spider

Popsicle Stick Spider Web Craft with Pompom Spider

Classic DIY materials are a cinch to transform into a darling Halloween decoration! Have kids get involved with this simple project for October.

'Breaking Bad' Action Figures Pulled from Toys R Us Shelves

'Breaking Bad' Action Figures Pulled from Toys R Us Shelves

After a Florida mom petitioned on Change.org for the toy store chain to stop selling the dolls from the AMC TV show, the toy store has agreed.

Starry Nights and Snowman Fun: Winter Crafts with Olaf, More

Starry Nights and Snowman Fun: Winter Crafts with Olaf, More

Turn a white sock or marshmallows into everyone's favorite goofball from Frozen or gear up for snowy evenings with a constellation lightbox and table runner.

Kids and Indoor Exercise During Cooler Temperatures

Kids and Indoor Exercise During Cooler Temperatures

Keep your kids off the couch this winter and get them active and healthy with these family-friendly fitness tips from the community program director at the Macomb Family YMCA.

Sage Yet Strange 1920s Baby-Naming Advice

Sage Yet Strange 1920s Baby-Naming Advice

Modern flapper era mamas had plenty of progressive advice. But when it came to baby name tips, it was a mixed bag. (And especially tough for poor Lenora!)

Dessert Pizzas Recipes That Kids Will Love

Dessert Pizzas Recipes That Kids Will Love

Slice into sweetness with these kid-friendly ideas – thanks to Betty Crocker, Taste of Home and more – that transform pizza into something oh-so-sweet!

Rustic Pumpkin Lunch Bag Halloween Craft for Kids

Rustic Pumpkin Lunch Bag Halloween Craft for Kids

Lunch surprises can brighten kids' day at school. As October rolls along, try something fun and new with this sweet, not-scary jack-o'-lantern sack.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement