Festival de Día de Muertos begins on Thursday, November 1st

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This is a two-night evening festival Nov. 1-2 for families with a display of altars to the dead, a competition for those dressed as Catrinas and Calaveras, traditional foods and entertainment on stage. It’s a huge family event, a great La Paz tradition, and it’s free. The festival gets underway at about 6 p.m. and picks up speed during the evening at the Esplanada de la Unidad Cultural Prof. Jesús Castro Agúndez, which is between Altamirano and Heroes de Independencia, and between Navarro and Legaspi (the same site as Teatro de la Ciudad). According the the festival poster, the event is 18:30 to 22:00 both nights. On both nights you can view the entries in the festival competitions for posters and altars and see the Catrinas and Calaveras. The entertainment lineup begins with la Banda de Música del Gobierno del Estado and participants in the popular contest,Vivas las catrinas. At 19:00, there are performances by the ballet Cadet accompanied by the musical group La Cochi con Livaís. The theatrical group Ollin, directed by Guillermina Sainz, performs the work “Tumbas, tumbas.” There will be music from Mexico City group, Patita de Perro, entertainment for adults and children alike.  Check out www.rozinlapaz.com.  Photo courtesy of Gabrial Larios.

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