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Día de los Muertos

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Saturday, November 2, 2019,
12:30pm - 6pm

Free

Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz, created in partnership with Senderos.

Experience vibrant dance performances. Get your face painted. Indulge in delicious food. Join in on a procession to enjoy more dance, music and outdoor altars at Evergreen Cemetery.

Enjoy a day of festivities

12:30pm-2:00pm Begin at the MAH for facepainting with Mariposa's Arts, tissue paper flower making with Salud y Cariño, luminaries with Hospice of Santa Cruz County, and mariachi skeletons with Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Enjoy performances by Infantil de Centeotl Danza y Baile, Los Diablos Del Llano De Tecomate, and Ensamble Musical de Senderos.

2:00pm Procession begins. Gather on Cooper Street to proceed to Evergreen Cemetery.

2:25pm Procession arrives at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park with performances by Los Diablos Del Llano De Tecomates and Banda de Senderos.

2:55pm Procession leaves SC Mission State Historic Park.

3:10pm Procession arrives at Evergreen Cemetery.

3:30-6pm Enjoy music, dancing, Mexican food & drink by Senderos, and altars at Evergreen Cemetery.

Activities:

  • Altars throughout Evergreen Cemetery:
    • Explore an outdoor altar installation connecting those buried in Evergreen with current active community members, groups and local social issues including: Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, and many more. Participate in a community altar: Learn about the history of people buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Email helen@santacruzmah.org or text 831-316-4584 to sign up and create an altar for your loved one and someone from Santa Cruz history.
    • Altar contest: Share your altar design tradition with other community members in this altar contest. Altars will be reviewed for all the elements of the altar. Register here or text 831-316-4584.
  • Food by Senderos
  • Arts and crafts activity

4:00pm Performances by:

  • Juvenil de Centeotl Danza y Baile
  • Sabrosura de UCSC
  • Ensamble Musical de Senderos
  • Los Diablos Del Llano De Tecomates
  • DJ Chilango

6:15pm Movie screening at the cemetery. We invite visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy this family-friendly film in Evergreen Cemetery. Popcorn will be provided. Bringing your own blanket or lawn chairs is recommended.