Inaugural Memphis Parade Kicks Off Dia de los Muertos Festivities

Coeto and about 150 others participated Saturday in the inaugural Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade through Midtown Memphis. Replacing a smaller celebration held in the Hickory Hill area, the event marked the beginning of festivities observing the traditional Mexican holiday to honor, remember and support deceased loved ones.

Beginning before 11 a.m. in Overton Square, a procession that took more than 20 minutes to pass wound down Madison and then over to Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Overton Park, where an ensuing festival lasted into the afternoon.

It featured dancing skeletons, women dressed in traditional embroidered white gowns from Veracruz, Mexico, as well as people donned in colorful attire and white face paint. 

And although the holiday's origins trace to Central and Southern Mexico, Saturday's event attracted a diverse cross-section of local residents.

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