This Monday we had been lucky enough to see this procession starting just 2 metres from our place...closer and they would have been in our bedroom. I had heard of this event but as I know nothing about it, I shamelessly copy/past the information I have found on Wikipedia.
The ''Day of the Dead'' (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls' Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st, and 2nd in connection with the Catholic All Saints' Day.
Traditions include building private altars honouring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favourite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
I saw several of these altars in the street but did not take picture for obvious reasons.
The procession was extremelly friendly, with lots of families with young kids, musicians, couples ranging from 15 to 70 years old. All dancing, singing in a very peaceful and festive spirit!
Now the pics: keep the kids away as they are dead scarry (sorry they're a bit blur but it was night and people kept moving!)