This Sunday, October 31, the Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City (CDMX), which started from the capital’s Zócalo, will advance along Paseo de la Reforma and will end in Campo Marte. According to local authorities, in the celebration that began at 12:00 noon, 1,011 volunteers participated, including dancers and acrobats; approximately 779 production elements, and the staging of more than 150 musicians.
The celebration of Day of the Dead in the capital returned after the closing of the National Vaccination Day in CDMX, federative entity where the pandemic of COVID-19 claimed the lives of 52,148 people, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health (SSa).
Although it was estimated that 1,080 people would participate during the event who will ensure that spectators fully follow the sanitary measures and the corresponding protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19, in images shared through social networks it was possible to observe crowds, as well as attendees without wear face masks.
The tour was led by the Mexican Army Music Band, whose members were accompanied by an alebrije representing a dog xoloitzcuintle, which in pre-Hispanic culture is in charge of guide the souls of the deceased for the long and difficult road through Mictlán, the city of the dead.
The topics that will be addressed throughout the tour will be separated into four segments: Tenochtitlan: Heart of Mexico, Mexico City Today, Magic and Tradition, as well as Celebrating life. In the case of the segment Mexico City Today a tribute to those who have died as a result of the pandemic will be included.
Likewise, part of the contingents that make up the parade are dedicated to recognizing the traditional trades that take place within the CDMX. The traditions of the celebration of November 1 and 2 have also been shown in different states of the country and a tribute has been paid to Mexican artists who marked a milestone in culture; among them Tin-Tan, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Kaliman, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and José José, among others.
In addition to the parade, citizens will be able to appreciate the offering of the 16 mayoralties in the Plaza de la Constitución and will also be able to participate in a giant interactive lottery that will be installed in the capital’s Zócalo. For their part, they will be able to attend, from October 31, to the catrina exhibition on Paseo de la Reforma, as well as the Mexicans made by different artists and that will be available to the public until next November 7.
In addition to the commemorative parade for the Day of the Dead, the CDMX Historic Center Authority reported that during the tour, citizens will be able to appreciate 10 alebrijes over two meters high; three of them were baptized as Nana, Buche and Nenepil, Rooster Gas and Warrior Riva Palacio.
Ludlow specified that the development of the 10 characters that are part of the parade were manufactured by around 138 residents belonging to 10 properties in the capital. The coordination for this activity was carried out by cardboard masters of the Popular art museum.
The secretary of government of the CDMX, Martí Batres Guadarrama, announced through his official Twitter account that the Day of the Dead parade “has passed without any setback” and recognized the officials who participated in the inauguration of the tour, among them Paola Félix Díaz, Secretary of Tourism of the capital; Miguel Torruco Marques, head of the Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico; Zoé Robledo, director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) and Vanesa Bohorquez, head of the Ministry of Culture.