The rich cultural tradition of Día de los Muertos is coming to Houston with all the bells and whistles.
Día de los Muertos, otherwise known as Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of passed loved ones. The thousands-of-years-old Aztec-originated tradition is celebrated throughout Latin America every year with feasts, costumes, and sugar skulls. This year, the celebration is coming to Houston! [Featured image via Shutterstock]
On November 6, Houston will have the chance to get in on the celebration with a new, massive Día de los Muertos festival from 2 pm to 10 pm in Sam Houston Park at 1000 Bagby St., and parade in all its wonderful pageantry, beginning and ending in the same location, from 7 pm to 8 pm .
“Houston! For the first time ever, we’ll be celebrating #DiaDeLosMuertos this Nov. 6 with a festival @HoustonTx City Hall and an evening parade through @DowntownHouston,” Councilmember Robert Gallegos wrote on Twitter.
The festival is set to feature a vibrant variety of live music, tasty concessions, arts & crafts galore, and more! From 7 – 8 pm in the evening, Houstonians can take part in the parade beginning at the corner of Allen Parkway and Bagby St. to witness a spectacular display of floats, festivity, and culture, as it moves through City Hall and areas in downtown.
“Couldn’t be more excited to showcase this wonderful tradition on such a big stage in the heart of #Houston,” he said.
“As a Latino, I’m excited to share and showcase our rich history right here in downtown Houston, the heart of our city,” Gallegos said in a press conference Thursday.
The Houston Day of the Dead festival and event was also in part organized by Mauricio Navarro, who previously started the tradition in Dallas.
“I’m just going to bring it,” he told abc13. “…professional floats, animals, horses, catrinas, dance groups, bailes folkloricos, mariachis: it’s going to be a beautiful procession.”
For more ideas on how to celebrate Day of the Dead in Houston, see here.