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El dia de los muertos 2017

I came across this Catrina figurine at White Park. It was beautifully crafted.

This year’s Day of the Dead festival which is always held on the 1st Saturday of November, fell on November 4. The weather was cooler than previous years.

By sunset around 6 pm, the throngs of people many with faces in sugar skull makeup, made the 4 blocks of Market Street between University Ave and 12th St nearly impassable.

Every year I face the same dilemma.

How do I get from one stage at one end of Market St to the other to catch a performance? Continue reading El dia de los muertos 2017

Catrina theme photoshoot 2017

Rocio dressed as a Catrina against a graffitied wall of an abandoned building

This year when I got together with my very talented friend, Mexican artist Fryda Fernandez, to create some Catrina  pictures for the “El Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) theme, she did not disappoint with her makeup creations and styling.

Fryda at the abandoned building with her own sugar skull makeup and styling.. Also at an abandoned building

This year we decided to take it outdoors on location.

Part 1 of our shoot was at  an abandoned building and Part 2 was on the grounds of my buddy Martin Sanchez’s Tios Tacos restaurant in downtown Riverside. Continue reading Catrina theme photoshoot 2017

Day of the Dead celebrations 2014

Families visit altars on display at White Park during the celebration.
Families visit altars on display at White Park during the celebration.

This year’s “El Dia de los Muertos” seemed busier and even more crowded than previous years.

And as far as I can tell, the organizers don’t have plans to commercialize it to the point of the city’s other festivals.

Keeping it family friendly and local keeps it fun yet intimate. Continue reading Day of the Dead celebrations 2014

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