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