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Day of the Dead 2019 Observances

2019 Day of the Dead Festivities
2019 Day of the Dead Festivities are set to be bigger than ever!

There’s never been a Day of the Dead quite this big.

  • A Mega-Procession of Catrinas
  • The Monumental Offering, the “Altar of altars”
  • The International Parade of the Dead
  • And the Mega Parade on the Day of the Dead, among many other activities…

…the 2019 Day of the Dead Festival will “re-vive” once more one of Mexico’s “liveliest” traditions, from October 19 to November 17 at locations throughout Mexico City.

The official observance of the Festival launched on Tuesday, October 15 at a press conference held by the head of the Historical Center Authority, Dunia Ludlow Deloya. She joined the General Director of the Tourism Promotion Fund, Sara Paola Galico Félix Díaz, the local Secretary of Tourism, Carlos Mackinlay Grohmann, and the Secretary of Culture, José Alfonso Suárez del Real y Aguilera. Together they announced the series of events which “will ‘revitalize’ the Day of the Dead at the community level, and for all the many visitors to the city.”

The celebrations, held within the “Cultural Capital of the Americas” began on Saturday, October 19, at 12:00 noon, with the 13th Monumental Alebrijes Parade and Contest held by the Museum of Popular Art (MAP). The parade left the Zócalo along the avenues 5 de Mayo, Juarez and finally Paseo de la Reforma before delivering the many colorful creatures to the glorieta of the Angel of Independence.

On Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m., the party arrives at the Monument to the Revolution, an emblematic site to kick off the Day of the Dead Festival. La Catrina, one of the most important icons in Mexican culture, will move from the Column of Independence to the Zocalo along with the Mega Procession of Catrinas, on Saturday 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The International Parade of the Dead

Sunday October 27

Organized by the Local Tourism Promotion Fund, under the slogan “A gift of songs and flowers from Mexico to the world,” the procession will begin on Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m. in the Zocalo, passing along avenues 5 de Mayo and Juarez, along Paseo de la Reforma until it reaches Polanco.

Other events include:

  • From October 30 to November 3, Chapultepec Park will host the immersive “Celebrating eternity,” which invites participants to recreated fields of marigolds, the cempasúchitl flowers that welcome the dead back to our plane of existence – to life-sized cemeteries in.


  • A third edition of Mexicráneos is to be installed on Paseo de la Reforma from October 13 to November 10.  brings together the plastic art of 53 monumental skulls in Paseo de la Reforma.


  • The Centro Histórico Authority then presents the Festival of Offerings and Flowers (Festival de Ofrendas y Arreglos Florales), from November 1 to 3. The city center is filled with more than 70 Offerings Altars to tackle a variety of traditional themes and the popular spirit.



  • From Friday November 1 in the Plaza de la Constitución (i.e.; the Zocalo), the Monumental Offering, the “Altar of Altars” is to be installed. Created by Vladimir Maislin Topete the design is to represent multiple regions of Mexico through elements uniting the spirit of the tradition.


  • At the the Museum of the City of Mexico, on November 1, 2, and 3, the classic work Don Juan Tenorio is to be staged. The work which has been part of the popular imagination since the 19th century and makes up an essential part of the festivities.

The Mega Day of the Dead Parade

The characteristic golden-orange marigolds mark the path of the Mega Day of the Dead Parade. On Saturday, November 2 this biggest parade of all is to include:

    • 25 artistic projects
    • 2,500 participating artists
    • 11 floats
    • 22 troupes and bands
    • Multiple choreographic groups
    • Depictions of funeral rites from around the world
    • Classic Mexican costumes and much more.

At 1 p.m. the march departs from the Estela de Luz on Paseo de la Reforma. It proceeds to Avenida Juárez, crosses Eje Central, onto 5 de Mayo Street before reachin the Zócalo. The Secretary of Tourism for Mexico City, Carlos Mackinlay Grohmann, noted that “about two million people are expected to attend.” It’s the biggest annual parade currently held in the city.

  • On November 7 and 8, once more in the Zócalo, Samuel Máynez Champion will present a staging of Vivaldi’s monumental 1733 opera, Motezuma. The performance, directed by José Luis Cruz and Ignacio García, brings together more than 150 artists who will disseminate the historical perspective of the Mexica in three acts. Accompanied by the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Italian director, Francesco Fanna, the work is to be performed in the Spanish, Nahuatl, and Mayan languages.


The activities that make up the Day of the Dead Festival 2019 are organized by the Government of Mexico City,
through the Secretariats of Culture and Tourism, as well as the Mixed Tourism Promotion Fund and the Historic Center Authority.