On November 1-2, the Pearl played host to a spirited Dia de los Muertos celebration. Billed as the first annual event, the grounds were lavishly transformed in honor of the traditional Mexican holiday. Parades, live music and art installations, a community altar, workshops, and more activities were hosted over the course of the two-day affair, culminating in a formal procession around the Pearl campus on Thursday night.
Guests dressed in traditional, brightly colored Dia de los Muertos garb.
Calavera face painting was provided by Hippy’s FX, though many guests chose to come in their own makeup.
This year, Dia de los Muertos ran from October 31 through November 2. The holiday has traditionally been celebrated in Mexico for thousands of years. Some historians believe it originated as an Aztec celebration.
A community altar was built in commemoration of the dead. Members of the community were encouraged to bring their own mementos of loved ones lost and place them on the altar.
Live art installations were part of the festivities.
The family-friendly event included complimentary paletas and pan de muerto.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined the festivities.
Literary artist Carmen Tafolla served as emcee.
Traditional Day of the Dead decorations include sugar skulls, candles, marigolds, and bright colors.
San Antonio native and Latin roots rocker Patricia Vonne performed.