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The Alebrijes Parade returns to Mexico City

By Estefanía Meré

October 20, 2022

The annual Alebrijes Parade of the Museum of Popular Art (MAP), the opening ceremony of the Day of the Dead season, returns to Mexico City this weekend.

On Saturday, at least 200 alebrijes crafted by artisans, artists, museums, galleries, businesses, and public and private institutions from across the nation will flood Paseo de la Reforma Avenue and a few of the city's historic streets.

On Saturday, October 22, at noon, the march will start in the Zocalo and travel through the streets of 5 de Mayo, Eje Central, Juarez, and the center lanes of Paseo de la Reforma before coming to an end at the Angel de la Independencia Roundabout.

The fantastic animals from their creators' imaginations will compete in the Fideicomiso Museo de Arte Popular Mexicano contest and contend for prizes that include 60 thousand pesos for first place, 40 thousand pesos for second place, and 30 thousand pesos for third place.

After the parade, the alebrijes will be exhibited on the sidewalks of Paseo de la Reforma from Diana Cazadora to the Angel until November 6 at 8:00 pm.

This festival had to be postponed in 2019 and 2020 due to the pandemic resulting from the health emergency brought on by the Sars-Cov-2 virus, which forced to halt all activities requiring the agglomeration of high volumes of people.

This Day of the Dead season, the following activities are in schedule:

October 22 XIV Parade and Contest of Monumental Alebrijes of the Museum of Popular Art

October 23 9th Edition of the Mega Catrinas Procession

October 25 Installation of the Day of the Dead lighting, which depends on weather conditions, since there can be no humidity. There will be three sets of lighting, one that will be on 20 de Noviembre Avenue, and two that will be in the surrounding buildings of the Government of Mexico City.

October 28 to November 2 Monumental Ofrenda in the Zocalo

October 28 to November 2 Mexicráneos in Paseo de la Reforma

October 28 to November 2 Festival of Ofrendas and Floral Arrangements

October 29 Day of the Dead Grand Festival - The Mexico City Government announced that on October 29 the Day of the Dead Grand Parade will take place, which will include a concert by Ángela Aguilar.  The parade will take place at 5:00 p.m. and will last 3.5 hours, and on this occasion will have an opening ceremony on Paseo de la Reforma and along the way will tell a story of eight chapters. Upon arrival at the capital's Zócalo, there will be a show with pyrotechnics and drones. Also, the Day of the Dead Parade will be closed by singer Ángela Aguilar, free of charge, who will sing "La Llorona" and "Amor Eterno" by Juan Gabriel.

October 29, 30 and November 1 and 2 Day of the Dead in Chapultepec

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