If I was King of America, I’d decree Dia de Los Muertos (Mexico’s Day of the Dead on Nov 2) an official U.S. holiday. Everyone would get the day off to mark this weird and wild celebration of how departed loved ones – and even ancestors we never knew – continue to influence our daily lives. Day of the Dead is the perfect seasonal holiday. You can make it as creepy or as happy, as secular or as religious as you want it to be. Of course, it’s a unique combination of all those elements.
Rose Marine Theater (1440 N Main St, FW) will conduct its annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival with high style this Halloween weekend. The party kicks off at 7pm Sat Oct 29 with a drum and puppet procession that begins in Marine Park (N Main St & E Northside Dr) and heads to the Rose Marine Plaza. There will be lots of costumes, live music, food, and performances by Ballet Folklorico de Fort Worth and Mariachi del Oro. Inside the Rose Marine Art Gallery, a 7pm opening reception for the annual Dia de Los Muertos Art Exhibit takes place. It’s all free, of course.