THOUSANDS of people dressed as skeletons took to the streets to celebrate Mexico City’s Day of the Dead festival.
Th colourful parade was dedicated to the memory of the 228 people killed in this year’s horror earthquake.
AP:Associated Press The giant statue of a fist was followed by brave volunteers who helped the earthquake rescue efforts
A raised fist made of helmets, pick axes and broken rubble rolled ahead of walking skeletons in a defiant tribute.
Poignantly, the raised fist was the signal rescuers gave for silence to hear if anyone was trapped under the rubble of a trapped building.
Brave volunteers who participated in the rescue operations following the earthquake also played a part in the parade, walking alongside in solidarity. The Day of the Dead festival takes place every year, and is a time where revellers are encouraged to remember lost loved ones – so it is fitting that the victims of the deadly earthquake were remembered. AP:Associated Press Revellers went all out with face paint and colourful headwear AFP or licensors A more sinister devil skull joins in the parade, complete with pitchfork and fire AP:Associated Press These giant animated skulls are called calaveras, and their mini counterparts are also popular made out of sugar AFP or licensors 300,000 people reportedly took to the streets to watch this year’s festival parade AP:Associated Press A kilometre and a half of floats proceeded down the street in the parade
Parade coordinator Julio Blasino said: “We had an obligation to pay tribute to the fallen, while transmitting the message that the city is still standing.”
This year was only the second time Mexico City has played host to the parade, which was only introduced last year in an effort to attract more tourists to the city.
AP:Associated Press These performers put a twist on the traditional flower garland…by adding mini skulls Reuters The actual Day of the Dead festival takes places in early November, but the parade makes the beginning of the gearing up for the festivities Reuters Walking skeletons in the parade reached out to greet the crowds of people who had come to celebrate AFP or licensors It is only the second time a large Day of the Dead parade like this has happened, and it proved incredibly popular
Over 700 performers dazzled the crowds with their display in the parade, dancing in an array of ghoulish costumes and singing Mexican folk songs.
Large super-size skulls were carried by festival-goers throughout the parade.
Other revellers painted their faces in colourful skull designs, complete with flower garlands.
The skeletons they dress up as are often based on the look of their deceased relatives.
AP:Associated Press The streets of Mexico City became one brightly coloured party as residents came together to remember those who they had lost AP:Associated Press The ghoulish skeleton faces are a contrast with the rest of the brightly coloured, upbeat festivities AP:Associated Press This girl is dressed as Katrina, who is a popular skeleton figure who wears an eye-catching costume AFP or licensors Even animals joined in, dressing up for the annual celebration AP:Associated Press The festival is becoming inspired by the Western celebrations of Halloween, incorporating them into the traditional Mexican celebration Reuters As the traditional mark of the Day of the Dead, skulls in all shapes and sizes featured in the parade
Traditionally, the festival would have been celebrated by quiet family gatherings at the graves of departed loved ones.
They would also set up altars at their homes with photographs of the dead and their favourite food.
EPA These skulls are dressed as bride and groom, waving at well-wishers as they parade down the street Reuters A puppet depicting the skeleton of a dog participates in a procession to commemorate Day of the Dead
In some towns, families leave a trail of orange marigold petals in a path to their doorways so the spirits of the dead can find their way home.
Some light bonfires for the same purpose, sitting around the fire and warming themselves with cups of boiled-fruit punch to ward off the autumn chill.
Now though, large-scale parties and parades are becoming the norm.