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Millions line streets to watch the Celebración del Día de Muertos in Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico — More than 1.8 million spectators took in the annual Celebración del Día de Muertos parade in Mexico City.

For the third year in a row, the main streets of central Mexico City were lined with nearly 2 million people who waited to watch the thousands of performers, costumes and floats that made up this year’s Celebración del Día de Muertos.

The Day of the Dead parade marked the occasion with vibrant colors, memorable floats and music as the three-hour long event passed through the Reforma-Centro Histórico corridor of the city.

A long parade of traditional skulls and catrinas marched through the city streets. The Mexican tradition was organized by the Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico and the Ministry of Culture who this year, added several themes to the parade that included the Great Tenochtitlan, Aztec warriors and civil war heroes.

Artists and writers who found refuge in Mexico such as author Gabriel García Márquez, filmmaker Luis Buñuel, painter Remedios Varo and poet León Felipe were honored with massive floats.

Other parade features included the tzompantli or wall formed by human skulls of those who died during sacrifices in pre-Hispanic times, a giant xoloitzcuintle and a Frida Kahlo float.

This year, other states took part in the event including Oaxaca, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosí and Michoacán. Over 1,200 volunteers took 10 months to prepare the exhibits for the parade including the 100 walking catrinas.