Pictures: Santa Monica Celebrates Día de los Muertos

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For the sixth year running, Santa Monica celebrated Día de los Muertos at the city-operated Woodlawn Cemetery Saturday.

From noon to 3 p.m., the loop that runs through the cemetery was closed to vehicle traffic and was lined with booths where families could decorate calaveras or get their faces painted or put up a remembrance on the “Memory Wall.”

Visitors could also pick up marigolds, the traditional flower of the dead, to place on graves or the “Memory Wall.”

Saturday’s celebration also included live performances by mariachi Los Dorados de Villa, Trio Bolero, Grandeza Mexicana, Las Colibrí, Trio Mexicano, and Martin Espino. The event also featured an altar by artist Aldo Cruz.

Did you attend Saturday’s event? Let us know what you thought in the comments.

Visitors could pick up marigolds to decorate graves or the Memory Wall. Photos by Jason Islas/SMN
People eating lunch near a grave decorated with marigolds and a papier-mâché depiction of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico.
Artist Aldo Cruz puts the finishing touches on the altar he created for the event.
Cruz’s altar.
Visitors standing in line for face painting.
Children were also able to decorate calaveras.
Mariachi Los Dorados de Villa roamed the cemetery performing.
One of many graves decorated with marigolds and items commemorating the life of the person buried there.
Jason Islas
Jason Islashttp://santamonicanext.org
Jason Islas is the editor of Santa Monica Next and the director of the Vote Local Campaign. Before joining Next in May 2014, Jason had covered land use, transit, politics and breaking news for The Lookout, the city’s oldest news website, since February 2011.

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