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