In­spired by 007, Mex­ico to hold Day of Dead pa­rade

Kuwait Times - - WEEKENDER -

The open­ing scene of the movie “Spec­tre” shows James Bond chas­ing a bad guy through a Day of the Dead pa­rade in Mex­ico City-ex­cept there has never been such a pro­ces­sion. But life is about to im­i­tate art. In­spired by the film, of­fi­cials de­cided to hold a sim­i­lar pa­rade on Oc­to­ber 29 that will start at the An­gel of Independence mon­u­ment and end at the his­toric Zocalo square.

The pro­ces­sion will have hun­dreds of vol­un­teers and will “re­visit the props and the wardrobe of the well-known film Spec­tre,” the city gov­ern­ment said in a state­ment on Thurs­day. In the film, the Bri­tish spy played by Daniel Craig goes af­ter a bad guy through a pa­rade fea­tur­ing gi­ant skele­tons float­ing among peo­ple danc­ing with their faces painted as skulls.

The pa­rade didn’t ex­ist in real life, said Tourism Min­is­ter En­rique de la Madrid. “Now, based on the film, there will be this fes­ti­val.” The pro­ces­sion will be part of a se­ries of events that will run through Novem­ber 2 in the cap­i­tal. The Day of the Dead takes place be­tween Novem­ber 1-2 ev­ery year, when Mex­i­cans visit ceme­ter­ies to pay re­spects to their late rel­a­tives, bring­ing them food and drinks in a cen­turies-old tra­di­tion mix­ing pre-His­panic and Catholic be­liefs. — AFP

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