Dia de los Muertos in Long Beach
Día de los Muertos–Day of the Dead–is a Mexican celebration of our departed loved ones that takes place each year on November 1 and 2. People set up altars–called ofrendas–with photos, favorite foods, candles and other items collected to help the departed find their way back home. Folks also visit the cemetery to commune with their ancestors and loved ones while tidying up gravesites, and enjoying time with family. Today, this holiday is popular across Southern California, and there are several local Día de los Muertos celebrations in Long Beach.
CITY OF LONG BEACH PARADE & FESTIVAL
The City of Long Beach’s 8th annual Día de los Muertos Parade and Festival will take place on Saturday, November 4. The event kicks off with the Grand Parade on Pine Avenue at 11 A.M. The Arte y Ofrendas Festival at Rainbow Lagoon begins at 12 noon, featuring arts and crafts, music and entertainment, as well as food and beverage offerings until 10 P.M. The parade will be broadcast on ABC7 Los Angeles on Sunday, November 5.