Day of the Dead Celebration in Detroit
Kids and families are welcome to celebrate this Mexican holiday in Southwest Detroit with a tour of the 'Mexicantown' area, Oct. 27-Nov. 4, 2012
Day of the Dead – El Dia de los Muertos – is a Mexican holiday focusing on the gathering of families and friends to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed on. From Oct. 27 through Nov. 4, 2012, Southwest Detroit will be having an all-out celebration of the holiday to honor the dead.
Throughout the week, take a self-guided tour through Mexicantown and the West Vernor business district – visiting beautiful altars and discovering local businesses. Parents will find treats for kids, music and lots of great food along the way.
The different altars, located in participating businesses in the area, will be artistic expressions that honor the dead, including one for U.S. presidents, late astronaut Neil Armstrong, artists and musicians and personal friends and family.
On Oct. 27, the 555 Gallery and Studios will hold a "Tribute to October," an event that includes mask making, art and music. The cost is $5 and proceeds go towards community arts and education programs.
Also on Oct. 27, the Urban Neighborhood Initiative will display a community altar at All Saint Neighborhood Center for family and friends who were lost too soon. All visitors are encouraged to contribute mementos and flowers to honor their loved ones.
Through Nov. 1-2, a Day of the Dead art exhibit will be on display at the Mexicantown Market located at 2826 Bagley St. from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
See the Metro Parent listing for more on the Day of the Dead Celebration in Southwest Detroit.