MEMPHIS,Tenn. — The sounds and sights of the Dia da los Muertos filled Overton Park Saturday afternoon.
Organizers of the annual event refused to let COVID-19 stop the fun.
Dia de los Muertos is all about traditions that are colorful, fun and reverent. “We are building a bridge between cultures,” said Dorimar Ferrer.
Each year, Ferrer and members of the theater group, Cazateatro hold a Day of the Dead parade.
This year, they just did it in reverse. “Instead of the parade going through the streets, the people go through the parade,” said artistic director Monica Sanchez.
She said while the Dia de los Muertos tradition started in Mexico, it has grown in popularity here and helps bring cultural understanding.
“The more you know about your community, the more you know about your neighbor, the less afraid you’re gonna be,” Sanchez told us.
Hundreds of cars drove through the event which celebrates family members who have died.
Some people build ofrendas, or home alters where they may place a photo of their relative surrounded by items from their life.
The event is seen as a celebration, rather than a time of mourning. Those who took part in the drive-thru event said they loved it, and they took from it a new love of the tradition.
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