Fort Lauderdale Celebrates The Day Of The Dead With Colorful And Cultural Parade
Día de los Muertos may be a Mexican holiday, but Fort Lauderdale has its own tradition of observing the Day of the Dead, too.
During the holiday, observed especially in the southern part of Mexico, families get together to celebrate their loved ones and friends who have passed. Here in South Florida, we've come to hold a huge annual skeleton processional that draws thousands to downtown.
On Monday, the sixth annual event began at Huizenga Plaza, with Calaveras in the Plaza, offering face-painting, crafts and puppet-making. Meanwhile at New River Inn, an ofrendas exhibition displayed altars of remembrance featuring sugar skulls, food, artifacts and more.
City of Fort Lauderdale officials, alongside the Consulate General of Mexico, kicked off the parade along Riverwalk Monday evening, where 1,000 skeletons and more than 40 puppets, including artist Jim Hammond's 16-foot tall skeleton puppet, followed Mariachi musicians toward SW 3rd Avenue.
Here are some colorful photos from the parade:
Photos by Rori Kotch