Day of the Dead, Austin Style

Austin celebrates Day of the Dead all weekend long, thanks to Halloween kickoff and glorious weather

Austin celebrates Day of the Dead all weekend long

Day of the Dead in Austin 2747
Nathan Black and Shari Gerstenberger lead the Day of the Dead procession through East Austin. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 2285
Jenni Weiland of Minor Mishap Marching Band rehearses before the procession to Pan Am Park. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 2395
Tracy Firsching practices with her puppet before the processoin to Pan Am Park. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 2492
Brooke Rosel waits for the start of the Procession at Pan Am Park. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 2449
Bridgette Reed. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 2452
Shari Gerstenberger, Charm School Vintage owner and Day of the Dead organizer, with Nathan Black. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 2559
Shari Gerstenberger and Allyson Garro, Day of the Dead organizers, lead the procession with Nathan Black. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 2598
“Bonus” throws glitter on marching band members during the procession. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 2807
The Minor Mishap marching band plays as the procession makes its way to Tillery Park. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 2822
A man holds up a Day of the Dead skull sign as the procession stops for a red light at Pleasant Valley. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 2994
Minor Mishap Marching Band performs underneath the 7th Street bridge on its way to Tillery Park. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 3041
Minor Mishap Marching Band. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 3099
The Day of the Dead altar set up in Tillery Park. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 3108
A woman looks at the altar after the procession. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 3114
Angeliska Polacheck lights candles at the altar. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 3178
A woman quietly gazes at the altar. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 3184
Erin Freeman and Tracy Abrahams watch a tribute photo slideshow at Tillery Park. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 3222
Julia Vieau. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 3265
Julie Blum and Omar Gonzalez embrace each other as they look at the altar. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 3275
Anna Smith and Tatiana Hinofotis. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 3290
Galit Church and Fiona Robinson. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 3313
Stephanie and Kai Jimenez. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 3353
Lindsay Jenkins and Steve Rodriguez. Photo by Jon Shapley
Day of the Dead in Austin 2747
Day of the Dead in Austin 2285
Day of the Dead in Austin 2395
Day of the Dead in Austin 2492
Day of the Dead in Austin 2449
Day of the Dead in Austin 2452
Day of the Dead in Austin 2559
Day of the Dead in Austin 2598
Day of the Dead in Austin 2807
Day of the Dead in Austin 2822
Day of the Dead in Austin 2994
Day of the Dead in Austin 3041
Day of the Dead in Austin 3099
Day of the Dead in Austin 3108
Day of the Dead in Austin 3114
Day of the Dead in Austin 3178
Day of the Dead in Austin 3184
Day of the Dead in Austin 3222
Day of the Dead in Austin 3265
Day of the Dead in Austin 3275
Day of the Dead in Austin 3290
Day of the Dead in Austin 3313
Day of the Dead in Austin 3353

Day of the Dead celebrations traditionally take place over three days, and Austin took full advantage of the fact that this year they fell on a weekend — and a gorgeous one at that.

In conjunction with the city, Mexic-arte Museum had altars erected and held its downtown Grand Procession — the longest-running one in the city— early (October 19), during its Viva de Vida festival, and a few ever-festive institutions jumpstarted the weekend proper on Friday, more or less segueing right from Halloween.

Saturday, though, saw the most abundant and family-friendly festivities, with events taking place everywhere from the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center to ACL Live and many points in between.

Around dusk, Krewe du Bisoux's procession (depicted here) began; led by Minor Mishap Marching Band, elaborately costumed celebrants marched through East Austin, ending at a large altar in Tillery Park, where those who have passed were given tribute.