Day of the Dead, Surfer Blood, mod­els

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As you may have heard, the Florida Day of the Dead cel­e­bra­tion tak­ing place in down­town Fort Lauderdale on Fri­day has been men­tioned promi­nently on re­cent lists of the Top 10 Día de los Muertos cel­e­bra­tions in Amer­ica.

Among the rea­sons cited is its authen­tic­ity and re­spect for tra­di­tion, as in not mov­ing the party to a more con­ve­nient week­end. Florida Day of the Dead has, since its in­cep­tion nine years ago, al­ways been held on Nov. 2.

But an­other ex­pla­na­tion for its height­ened pro­file next to Day of the Dead cel­e­bra­tions in cities such as Los An­ge­les, Chicago and San An­to­nio is the fam­ily-friendly vibe that is con­jured up ev­ery year, es­pe­cially its sig­na­ture event, the Skele­ton Pro­ces­sional.

Now more than 1,000-par­tic­i­pants strong, the dusk Get daily up­dates on South Florida en­ter­tain­ment and things to do at South Florida.com and on Twit­ter at @Ben Cran­dell pa­rade is filled with jaunty skele­tons, gi­gan­tic pup­pets, mari­achis, luchadores and many, many Frida Kahlo im­per­son­ators, who take a slow stroll along the New River to a block party out­side Rev­o­lu­tion Live in the Him­marshee District.

It’s an at­mos­phere that wel­comes shock­ing makeup, but also child­like awe.

This ori­en­ta­tion is im­por­tant to the two main driv­ers be­hind Florida Day of the Dead fes­tiv­i­ties, pup­peteer Jim Ham­mond and Fort Lauderdale mu­sic en­tre­pre­neur Jeff John, who gush about the event like kids them­selves.

“This is a fam­ily-driven event. It’s a won­der­ful dis­play of peo­ple that hits mul­ti­ple com­mu­ni­ties, mul­ti­ple de­mo­graph­ics, mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions,” John says. “You don’t

SUN SENTINEL

There may be no more In­sta­gram-wor­thy event in South Florida than Florida Day of the Dead Fri­day evening in Fort Lauderdale.

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