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Dia de Muertos Parade & FestivalOctober 7, 10:30 am-3:00 pm


Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Cazateatro and Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis are collaborating for a free Dia de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, October 7.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican holiday that celebrates and honors friends and family members who have died. The mission of the Memphis event is twofold: to preserve and communicate the cultural heritage of Dia de los Muertos and its importance, and to strengthen the cultural identity of Memphis’ Latino community.
The inaugural Dia de los Muertos Parade begins with a short performance in the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square at 10:30 a.m. with floats and performers making their way to the plaza at the Brooks Museum beginning at 11 a.m. Information about road closures, suggested routes and a street map is included at the bottom of this release.
The community celebration at the Brooks will offer art-making activities, face painting, music, costumed performers, dance and theatre performances and a Frida Kahlo costume contest. Performers include Stax Music Academy, Inner City South, Herencia Hispana, Cazateatro, Mariachi Guadalajara, Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis and Tropical Sound.
The festival begins at 12:15 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. and admission is free. There will be a small charge for face-painting.
Throughout the day, Mariachi Guadalajara and several Catrinas (opulently dressed skeleton figures based on José Luis Posada’s icon of death) will also appear at
the Brooks. Memphians are invited to join the celebration by bringing a copy of a photograph of a deceased loved one to place on a community altar.

Parade Route

• Parade line-up begins at 8 a.m. on Trimble Place between South Florence Street and Cooper Street.
• Parade begins at 11 a.m. heading west on Trimble.
• North (left) on S. Florence St to Madison Avenue.
• West (left) on Madison to North Tucker Street.
• North (right) on Tucker to Poplar Avenue.
• Parade crosses Poplar at 11:45 a.m. onto Morrie Moss Lane.
• North (slight left) on Morrie Moss to the Brooks Museum plaza.

Traffic Information

Please use the following alternate routes if you will be traveling eastbound or westbound on Poplar Avenue between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7.

• Traveling eastbound on Poplar:
o Turn right on North McLean Boulevard, then left on Union Avenue to continue heading east

• Traveling westbound on Poplar:
o Turn left on North Cooper Street then right on Union Avenue to continue heading west

Please use the following alternate routes if you are planning to visit Overton Park or the Memphis Zoo between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7.

• Traveling eastbound on Poplar:
o Turn left on North McLean Boulevard to enter Overton Park via Prentiss Place.

• Traveling westbound on Poplar:
o Turn right on Veterans Plaza Drive to enter Overton Park

• Consider using North Parkway to North McLean Boulevard to access the Memphis Zoo’s main entrance.


Details

Date:
October 7
Time:
10:30 am-3:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.brooksmuseum.org/

Organizer

Dorimar Ferrer
Phone:
662-469-6095
Email:
info@cazateatro.org

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