Tlaquepaque is expecting up to 80,000 visitors for its fifth Festival de Muertos scheduled Thursday, October 29 through Monday, November 2. Around 100 separate events are planned around the municipality, with most happening in the suburb’s artistic downtown core.
Organizers say the aim is to preserve traditions, and for the festival to get a little bigger each year, so in time it might rival others in Mexico, such as the famous Festival de Calaveras in Aguascalientes.
Tlaquepaque’s festival begins with a Day of the Dead parade running from the corner of Juarez and Niños Heroes to the center on Thursday, October 29, from 7 p.m. Throughout the festival streets will be decked out with colorful altars, floral displays and life-size catrinas (skeletons) dressed in fanciful and amusing garb.
The festival continues Friday with a concert in the Jardin Hidalgo by Barrio Zumba at 8:30 p.m. and a presentation by folk dance troupe Acatic on Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 1 sees a concert by Paco Padilla at 6:30 p.m. and the incendio de velas (lighting of candles) at 7 p.m. Friday’s and Monday’s Procesion de Novias (procession of brides) start at 7 p.m. and the festival’s closing concert on Monday is at 8:30 p.m.
October 30 to November 2, adults and children can take part in workshops to paint calaveras (skulls) at the studio of craftsman/folk singer Paco Padilla, who will offer mini concerts on the Friday, Saturday and Monday at 6:30 p.m. The cost of materials is 150 peos.
Meanwhile, the Centro Cultural El Refugio will host an exhibit of Day of the Dead altars, while museums,