2021 Mexico City
Day of the Dead Parade and Festivities
Even admidst an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Mexico City will proceed with 2021 Day of the Dead celebrations. Pandemic contingency procedures are being enforced, and guests are reminded to maintain social distances (1.5 meters between parties) and to use antiseptic hand gel when frequent handwashing is not possible. Outdoors and well-ventilated spaces are to be preferred for maximum safety.
October 29 to November 2, 2021: Activities in Mexico City will center around the Second Annual Festival of Offerings and Floral Arrangements. (See the events calendar entry here.) The festival presents altars of offering (ofrendas) all over the Historic Center. There were 62 registered when the festival was last held in 2019.
It has not been announced yet whether 2021 will include the traditional “Mega-Ofrenda” in the Zocalo.
Day of the Dead Parade 2021
The Day of the Dead Parade will take place on October 31. (Events Calendar.) Likely the single most spectacular event in Mexico City, every year the parade is different. 2021 promises to be no less incredible.
The Parade covers 8.7 Kms and will last about 4.5 hours.
Photos: Secretaría de Cultura de la Ciudad de México
Day of the Dead in Mexico City’s Pueblos Originarios
Many more traditional events will take place across Mexico City. International guests often head to the Pueblos Originarios of Milpa Alta,Tláhuac, and Tlalpan.
Although these events are often far more intimate, it’s important for international guests to respect the wishes of the residents of these many small towns. Past years have seen overcrowding at religious and often deeply personal vigils.
While nearly all of the small towns listed in the south of the City will be commemorating, it’s not fair to select a few to send the majority of travelers. It’s also not recommended that international guests remain for the night during overnight vigils.
Go during the day time. There’s a lot to see. But remember that the Day of the Dead is especially important to the commemoration and honor of the recently deceased.