Life imitates art: Today, on Saturday, October 29, Mexico City (GMT -5) will host its first ever Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) moving parade…
As the screen fades from black following the most iconic of movie soundtracks, a giant skeleton emerges, a cigar gripped in its jaws. The streets are awash with color, spectacular costumes, masks, floats and flowers as the camera pans through the streets of Mexico City’s Dia de los Muertos parade. For those who’ve seen the James Bond movie „Spectre“, you may have thought you were watching a traditional Mexican celebration. By the way, we have seen the 007 movie during our worldtrip on 6th Dec 2015 at the Patronas Tower cinema in Kuala Lumpur.
But no, you were in fact watching a lie. A work of fiction created for the movie. There is no parade and there never has been. However, such was the interest in the film and the Day of the Dead parade itself, it’s forced the Mexican government to think again and turn that fiction into reality.
Life imitates art. On Saturday, October 29, Mexico City will host its first ever Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) moving parade. It’s an event Mexico hopes will eventually rival the Carnival of Brazil.
The parade begins at 3 p.m. Mexico Central Time at the Angel of Independence and will end in the Zócalo, the city’s main square. It’ll last three to four hours and an estimated 150,000 or up to one million people are expected to watch the parade along its 3.5-kilometer route.
Alejandra González Anaya, one of the parade’s creative directors, explained why Mexico have decided now is the time to put on such a show. „As a result of the James Bond film we have decided to take advantage of the spotlight and put on the streets a great offering which we give to our dead,“ she says. „I think it’s an opportunity for all Mexicans to show the world what the tradition is made of.“
The Day of the Dead celebration dates back to Aztec and pre-Columbian times. It’s a celebration of life and teaches people not to be afraid of death, but to enjoy and take advantage of every moment. The festival’s also a chance to honor the dead. It’s traditionally celebrated on November 1 and November 2 when Mexicans believe the gates of the afterlife are opened and their loved ones who have passed on return to join in the festivities.
„It is a tribute for all the people that have passed by this world,“ explains González Anaya. „We expect our dead to come back for just one night so we prepare their favorite drinks, their bread and their objects for them. “
At this moment Mexico is preparing a big party and creating a huge celebration with a new format in the city so the world can have a better look, a better window into who we are and to show one of the most important celebrations of our culture.“
The parade will be split into three parts: the pre-Columbian era where the celebration was born and created; the Colonial and Mestizo era; and the modern era that we have to come to know the celebration as today.
Source by By Chris Scott, CNN
To all our friends in Mexico, have a wonderful and peaceful party! Enjoy your first Day of the Dead Street Parade!