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New Meetup: Viva la Vida Fest, celebrating the 26th Annual Día de los Muertos

From: Chris N.
Sent on: Monday, October 12, 2009 12:25 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Chinatics - Austin Chihuahua Enthusiasts!

What: Viva la Vida Fest, celebrating the 26th Annual D?a de los Muertos

When: October 24,[masked]:00 PM

Plaza Saltillo
Corner of 6th and Comal
Austin, TX 73301

The Grand Procession gathers at Plaza Saltillo in East Austin, bringing together a vibrant and varied mix of the traditional, contemporary, and Austin ?weird.? The Procession ? including costumes, props, live music, dancers, and floats ? marches down historic 6th Street and culminates at 5th and Congress, marking the transition from the afternoon to the exciting evening portion of the street festival.


Pre-Columbian Americas: Refers to the time period when indigenous civilizations flourished in the Americas, such as the Aztec, Maya, Toltec, Olmec, Mixtec, and Inca. During these times, death was not feared, but rather celebrated and ritualized. Life, full of uncertainty and hardship, was a passage or journey to a heavenly afterlife.

Colonial Mexico: Marked by the Rule of the Spanish Viceroys in Mexico and the position and power of the Roman Catholic Church. In accordance with Catholic mourning practices, All Saints Day was merged with Day of the Dead to become a time to honor and remember loved ones who have passed. The tradition evolved to incorporate Catholic imagery and became a way to welcome back the spirits and celebrate their brief return to the earthly world.

Modern Mexico: Marked by the beginning of Porfirio D?az' rule in Mexico, resulting in the creation of a new Mexican national identity based on its Pre-Columbian past and manifested in Mexico's modern arts. In 1913, Jos? Guadalupe Posada created a famous print called "La Calavera de la Catrina" as a parody of a Mexican upper class female. In addition to the indigenous and Catholic traditions, the satirical and mocking portrayal of death in the form of a skeleton since has become associated with Day of the Dead.

Contemporary ? Mexico meets United States: Happening now in Austin! Be part of history and help us create a new fusion of Mexican D?a de los Muertos and American Halloween traditions.

Families of Austin: Honors Austin's community builders ? families that have been here for many generations ? and pays tribute to the legacy of members of our city who have contributed to making Austin what it is today.


The following are some ideas you can use to artistically express yourself in the Procession. You can be traditional or contemporary in your interpretations.

Paper-m?ch? props

Costumes, puppets, and cabezudos (big heads)

Music groups, noisemakers, dancers

Decorated floats, bicycles, and cars

Tributes to loved ones, saints, or spiritual deities

Tributes to famous celebrities who have passed on (musicians, artists, actors, politicians, etc.)

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