…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.
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:
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:
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.
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.