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The Dead Come Out to Play

Dia de los Muertos altar fills Ford Amphitheatre on November 1

Published on LatinoLA: October 28, 2003


The Dead Come Out to Play


Revelers will celebrate the Day of the Dead with music, comedy, dancers, the world?s largest Day of the Dead altar and ?living spirit? scenes at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Over 60 performers, including the all female Mariachi Divas, Las Margaritas, Conjunto Jardin, Mariachi Los Toros, 8 year-old singing sensation Maureen, and Mi Tierra Folkloric Ballet, will perform on the stage-wide Day of the Dead altar, as 12 foot skeletons donning flower hats watch over the audience.

Organizers invite everyone to send photos of loved ones (including pets) that have passed to be included on the altar. Eemail to zulma@rodri.com..

The Day of the Dead (D?a de los Muertos) is a traditional Mexican ritual that dates back 500 years and is celebrated every year on All Saints and All Souls Day (November 1 & 2). Unlike Halloween, the Day of the Dead is festive and celebrates the lives of family and friends that have died. Festivities include making altars filled with offerings like fruits, flowers, sugar skulls, incense, candles, pan de muertos (bread of the dead) and photos of the dead. Families decorate graves and altars of the departed, while eating and playing music in their memory.

Tickets are $35 and $40, with student ID $25, and are available online at http://www.rodri.com.






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