An Afternoon With The Dead

I’m a huge fan of the Mexican Day of the Dead aesthetic, something ingrained in me early on from a love of the macabre, Oingo Boingo, and waaay too many hours spent wandering the underworld in Grim Fandango.  But up until yesterday I had never had the opportunity to go check out one of the festivals in person.  So it was a treat to head down  to the Hollywood Forever cemetery, as grand a necropolis as I have ever seen, for it’s annual Dia de los Muertos festival.  This was my first trip down to the cemetery as bad luck had sideswiped all the other previous chances to go,  and I had never witnessed the grand festival in honor of the dead,  so this was as good a chance as any to knock out two birds with one stone.  It certainly didn’t disappoint.

Trillions upon trillions of skulls, bones, candles, and flowers were used to construct the beautiful altars to loved ones and famous folks buried at the cemetery.   On top of the displays, traditional parades and some fairly good food made the whole event something awesome to behold and experience.  Here are a few stills taken of the event and for those curious enough, the rest are loaded up over at Flickr.  Enjoy!

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One Response to “An Afternoon With The Dead”

  1. Great pics, fella. I’ve always wanted to go to a dia de los muertos event myself, but this is the next best thing.

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