The San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District once again presents the Dia de los Muertos Festival in Downtown San Pedro. On Friday, November 1, 6th Street between Mesa and Centre Streets will come alive with art, culture, food and music. Live entertainment will include a performance by the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas. The Festival is free.
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, dates back to pre-hispanic customs, and combines Aztec and Spanish traditions. Instead of a sad occasion, it is a happy time when friends and family gather to celebrate departed loved ones. Internationally, versions of the celebration take place throughout Latin America, the Philippines, even Korea and China.
An important part of the Day of the Dead celebration is the creation of sacred altars that honor not only departed family members, but also pets. They can be serious and heartfelt or humorous. The Festival includes a Sacred Altar Exhibition and Competition that includes cash prizes $500, $300 and $150. Submissions are due October 21. Visit this site for more information: http://www.sanpedrodayofthedead.com/altars.php
Other aspects of the Festival are Aztec and folklorico dancers, and “La Muerte Vive!” an area just for kids where they can make crafts and have their face painted.
The Artist’s Village will feature handmade jewelry, art and clothing made by local artists.
Head downtown and join the fun!