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‘La Calavera Catrina’ Is Getting Her Own Parade For ‘Día De Muertos’ In Mexico City This Year And We Have All The Deets

For many, Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is synonymous with sugar skulls and elaborate ‘Catrina’ face painting. In reality, it’s a two-day festivity that lights up Mexico with colors, flowers, candles and a seemingly omnipresent joy. Every year, on November 1st and 2nd, Mexicans take part in the adored demonstration of love and respect for their deceased relatives. And though the country’s capital is full of cemeteries to celebrate, plazas decorated in beautiful ‘ofrendas’ and lots of ‘pan de muerto’ weeks before the celebration, there’s one special day in CDMX when visitors will get to see a huge group of beautifully decorated Catrinas walk down the street in a parade celebrating life and death. 

You can’t miss Mexico City’s huge ‘Procesion de Catrinas’.

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In towns and cities throughout Mexico, and the world, Day of the Dead is full of symbolic rituals and heartfelt offerings accompanied by a celebration: elaborate costumes, bustling parades and parties, masterful makeup, and more than a handful of reasons to smile while remembering those loved ones who have left. In honor of one of Mexico’s most endearing celebrations, the capital is throwing a large number of activities and events, from mega ofrendas in the main plazas, to the —fairly recent— Catrina parade.

The Catrina parade has only been running for 6 years.

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This year marks the 6th year that the parade takes place. On October 26, at 11am, a countless number of people dressed up as ‘Catrinas’ will gather around ‘El Angel de La Independencia’ to walk down all of Reforma —a wide avenue that runs across the heart of the city. 

The city is expecting more than 150 thousand people to participate and there will be nearly 200 professional makeup artists getting everyone looking like the famous ‘Calavera Catrina’

‘La Calavera Catrina’ was originally a cartoon by a political illustrator.

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The world-famous decorated skulls dressed up in sombreros, feather boas, and other parafernalia were first ideated by Mexican Cartoonist Jose Guadalupe Posada Aguilar in the late 1800s. The litographist used skulls, calaveras and bones to convey his political and cultural critiques, he dressed them up in European garb, which was the latest fashion during the ‘Porfiriato’ in Mexico. Posada’s most popular character turned out to be, of course, La Calavera Catrina. 

Famous Mexican painter, Diego Rivera further popularized the character in 1947.

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Posada’s original Catrina was built upon by artist Diego Rivera (Frida Kahlo’s husband) when he created a mural that represented over 400 years of Mexican history called Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park, now located in the Museo Mural Diego Rivera in Mexico City. This mural marks the first depiction of La Catrina wearing the ornate clothing and accessories she typically wears today.

Get the ‘Catrina’ look.

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Since the traditional skull was first portrayed in the late 1800s and later on by Rivera in the mid-1900s, she continues to be an ever-present symbol of Mexican culture’s celebration of Día de los Muertos to this day. The skeleton figure can be found throughout homes and altars with offerings on her behalf. On Nov. 1 and 2, and during the Procesion de las Catrinas this week, many dress up as La Catrina or her male counterpart ‘El Catrin’, in 1800s costume. 

Broad hats decorated with real feathers, long and elegant lace dresses, gloves, top hats and three-piece suits for the men. Others dress up as ‘Adelitas’ or ‘revolucionarios’ like ‘Emiliano Zapata’ or ‘Pancho Villa’. The traditional revolutionary ‘Adelita’ getup was worn by indigenous women who indirectly participated during the war. 

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The look features long skirts, embroidered indigenous ‘huipiles’, Mexican ‘sombreros’ as well as rifles and an ammunition straps slung over one shoulder to represent those who died during the Mexican revolution in 1910.

Everyone is welcome to join in on the parade.

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There is no age limit and no cost. All you have to do is suit up in a Mexican-inspired outfit —forget about showing up in a Halloween costume by the way, this celebration has nothing to do with that. One of the 200 makeup artists on-site can glam you up with facial paint, glitter, and rhinestones. Makeup services cost a minimum of $80 pesos and up to $100. 

The parade is free and starts at 11 am on Reforma spreading down through Avenida Juarez. The procession ends around 6 pm in El Zocalo of Mexico City. 

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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I don’t care if it’s barely August. It’s never too soon to start talking about Halloween.

The year 2020 has already taken so much from us, I won’t let it take Halloween too. And thanks to come very creative, socially-distanced supporting Halloween fans, it looks like we won’t have to say goodbye to the best holiday of the year after all.

Orlando is getting a drive-thru haunted experience and I really want to go.

If you were worried that COVID-19 would spell the end of haunted attractions in 2020, you’d best buckle up. The brave and the squeamish alike are invited to travel The Haunted Road this fall, a drive-thru Halloween experience in Central Florida that offers a socially distant alternative to the traditional haunted house.

The Haunted Road promises a fully immersive horror experience replete with monsters and gore galore — which should ring like music to your ears if going to haunts is your Halloween tradition of choice. The difference here is that you’ll experience the world of nightmarish scenery and gruesome creatures entirely from the comfort of your vehicle. So, kind of like a haunted hayride, but Coronavirus safe.

At the heart of the experience is an original take on the story of Rapunzel. On The Haunted Road, Rapunzel “journeys into a world of disarray, faces bloodcurdling creatures — and hundreds of shocking scares.” There will also be a more family-friendly daytime version of the event on weekdays.

OK, a huge thank you to whomever thought up this genius idea.

The idea for The Haunted Road was borne from the idea of creating an original haunted attraction that adheres to safe social distancing measures.

Most haunted attractions place visitors into smaller spaces and encourage performers to get up close and personal to secure the scare. But with the coronavirus pandemic raging on, that in-your-face approach is largely unfeasible and could lead most haunts to remain closed for the 2020 season. And that’s where The Haunted Road comes riding in like a headless horseman poised to save Halloween.

“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal, The Haunted Road.

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights, a Universal Studios staple, is not happening this year and there is only one thing to blame: Covid. The virus, which is still spread wildly in the U.S., has forced so many things to be canceled. People are not happy with the decision.

For the first time in 30 years, Halloween Horror Nights is not happening.

Halloween Horror Nights is one of the biggest events of the year at Universal Studios in Florida and California. The sudden (and not surprising) cancelation is a devastating announcement for the fans of spooky culture.

Honestly, people are ready to throw their tantrums over this.

Florida and California, home to both Universal Studios, are dealing with major Covid outbreaks. California had an explosion of Covid cases that forced the state to reverse some of its rapid reopenings. Florida is another state dealing with a major Covid outbreak that has forced some places to reclose as Disney pushes forward with the reopening.

There’s a lot of pain out there right now.

It really is another blow in a very devastating year. So many people hoped that Halloween would still happen yet the patchwork response we’ve had against the virus isn’t helping. The loss of a Halloween tradition is just too painful right now but we will be alright.

All we can do now is wait “patiently” for Halloween 2021…

All it took was wearing masks and social distancing to avoid this yet, here we are. Remember to take care of yourself, your health, and your community. This means wearing masks and social distancing to protect each other.

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