The Deceased Stroll Through Mexico City In The Day Of The Dead Macro Parade

(Update with number of attendees: 2.6 million)

Eduard Ribas i Admetlla

Mexico, Oct 27 (EFE) .- Frida Kahlo, Cantinflas and Juan Gabriel did not miss the opportunity to return to the world of the living and strolled this Sunday through the center of Mexico City in the crowded annual macrodefile of the Day of the Dead, which in recent years has reinvented itself as the most universal Mexican holiday.

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From the Plaza del Zócalo, the heart of the Mexican capital, and for nine kilometers, thousands of people disguised as dead paraded alongside huge floats and allegorical figures when less than a week remains for Mexicans to receive their beings in their homes Dear deceased

How could it be otherwise, the parade started chaired by a giant skull adorned with orange cempasuchil flowers that, according to tradition, use their intense color to guide the deceased so that they can reunite with their families.

This plant marked the way to the elegant women of Calabria or Catrinas, an icon created by the engraver Juan José Posada and popularized by Diego Rivera, who greeted the 2.6 million people who, according to the organization, crammed the city center to avoid Miss a detail of the parade.

"I really like to see the people together, which is one of the few times that happens," said Efe Sara, a woman from the public who turns this week and who feels the Day of the Dead and all her festivities as part of her celebration birthday.

For her, the successful parade is a way for children to stop playing with the cell phone and learn the meaning of Mexican traditions.

Nobody could presage the enormous popularity that this event would reach when in 2016 the capital authorities decided to reproduce the dead parade that appeared in the movie 'Specter' of the James Bond saga.

The British spy did not appear in today's parade but the numbers speak for themselves: Seven allegorical cars, 16 giant puppets, three trajineras, artistic representations of six states of the country and a cast of 1,000 people formed the procession of a kilometer in length .

Today's parade, together with the enormous offering of the dead that will be built this week in the Zocalo, gives an account of Mexico's pride in its traditions and its efforts so that the festive conception that Mexicans of death have not been lost, something that surprises the rest of the world so much.

'I came to the parade to teach what my culture is to my children and that they see everything that is the traditions of our country,' said Efe Oscar, one of the parade attendees, satisfied with all the initiatives that in recent years They have modernized the Day of the Dead.

The Day of the Dead, with its skulls, catrinas, colorful alebrijes (allegorical creatures) and cempasúchil flowers, is already an inseparable part of the mexicanidad, along with the tacos, the mariachi and the virgin of the Guadalupe.

Therefore, the parade mixed the theme of death with other distinctive features of Mexico. Thus, a contingent of disguised catrinas paraded like the Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata next to a ring of the popular wrestling and dozens of people disguised as the endemic monarch butterfly.

And in a country that idolizes its artists like nobody else, a gigantic and colorful Frida Kahlo could not be missing, lying in bed where the work that turned Mexican art into a universal benchmark developed.

According to the tradition of the Day of the Dead, of pre-Hispanic roots, during the night of November 2 the souls of the dead temporarily leave the world of the dead to embrace their loved ones alive.

That is why, from days before, Mexicans deposit cempasuchil petals in their homes and make offerings in which they remember the deceased with photographs, who prepare their favorite food so they can enjoy their return. EFE

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