DEAD CEN­TRE

Whangarei Report - - CLASSIFIED -

Tow­er­ing skele­tons and dancers dressed in re­gional cos­tumes are bounc­ing along Mex­ico City’s main av­enue, sur­rounded by or­ange marigolds, as the city cel­e­brates its third an­nual Day of the Dead pa­rade.

This year’s pa­rade pays trib­ute to mi­grants who have lost their lives just as thou­sands of Cen­tral Amer­i­cans make their way through south­ern Mex­ico in a car­a­van with the hope of start­ing anew in the United States. At least one mi­grant has died since the car­a­van set out from Hon­duras more than two weeks ago.

Mex­ico’s Day of the Dead cel­e­bra­tions tra­di­tion­ally con­sist of al­tars and quiet fam­ily gath­er­ings at the graves of de­parted loved ones, bring­ing them mu­sic, drink and con­ver­sa­tion on No­vem­ber 1-2. The pa­rade was in­spired by scenes in the James Bond movie Spec­tre.

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