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Day of the Dead Volunteers

Day of the dead, a very lively tradition

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The Day of the Dead Parade 2018 in Mexico City is possible thanks to the support of volunteers. The participation of committed and talented citizens is the most important piece in order for the parade to take place and continue to grow in international recognition. 

The first Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City in 2016 came about after the filming of the ""Spectre"" movie of the James Bond franchise in 2015; particularly the scene where the secret agent is involved in a chase in the middle of a Day of the Dead Parade. 

For this edition of the parade, 1,450 volunteers who love this tradition of Mexican culture will bring to life the giant puppets, the floats, the alebrijes and catrinas. 

Volunteers over 16 years old were invited to audition starting on September 15 in order to be a part of the celebration. The production and choreography teams and dancers and musical groups have worked hard to make this tradition come to life. 

The parade will last three hours, however, these volunteers have dedicated countless hours leading up to that Saturday in late October. 

The team of volunteers of the Day of the Dead Parade has been publishing the texts below on their social networks, as a result of their hours of conversation and rehearsals, and their participation in previous parades. Enjoy them and share them.

Huitzilopochtli, whose name means ""Blue Hummingbird on the Left,"" was the Aztec god of the sun and the war. He is depicted as a fully armed blue man, with hummingbird feathers on his head. His mother Coatlicue got pregnant with Huitzilopochtli when a ball of feathers fell from the sky and touched her.

Tlalocán: one of the places where the Nahuatl went to die, home of the God, Tlaloc and his companions, the Tlaloques. A space full of water, vegetation, fog and rain. People who died because of lightning, drowning, or skin diseases such as leprosy, mange, buboes, gout, and dropsic, went to this place.

After the arrival of the Spaniards, old Aztec traditions were mixed with Catholicism and their customs. They brought the traditions of All Saints' Day, which is celebrated on November 1, and All Souls Day, on November 2, which would soon be merged with the traditional indigenous celebration.

The Mexican Revolution of 1910 could well be called The ""Revolution of Death,"" since there were so many decedents in this historical moment and so many acts of barbarism that revolution and death became synonymous. This is reflected in the everyday language of the time, rescued in songs, movies, newspapers and literary texts.

In 2003, UNESCO proclaimed the Day of the Dead as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as it represents one of the most important examples of living heritage in Mexico and the world. It iss also one of the oldest and most fulfilled cultural expressions of the indigenous groups that currently inhabit Mexico.


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