Mex­i­cans gather for Day of Dead pa­rade in cap­i­tal

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

MEX­ICO CITY — 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 fam­ily gath­er­ings at the graves of de­parted loved ones, bring­ing them mu­sic, drink and con­ver­sa­tion on Nov. 1-2. A man who re­turned his mom’s very over­due li­brary book is pay­ing her fine — even though he didn’t have to.

Robert Stroud came across a copy of “Spoon River An­thol­ogy” by Edgar Lee Masters in his late mother’s things.

She’d checked it out from the Shreve Memo­rial Li­brary in 1934.

The li­brary waived the max­i­mum $3 fine. Ac­cord­ing to the 1934 li­brary rules listed in­side the book, pa­trons would be charged 5 cents per day for ev­ery day books are late. That amounts to just over $1,500.

Stroud and his fam­ily have de­cided to do­nate $1,542.65 to the li­brary in honor of his mother. ing.

Matthew Del­cam­bre, of New Ibe­ria, La., said he and his wife Alexis were sight­see­ing in the south­west­ern English city when a man tried to shat­ter the glass en­cas­ing the pre­cious man­u­script in the church’s Chap­ter House. Af­ter Alexis tried to raise the alarm to oth­ers, Del­cam­bre and other by­standers banded to­gether to try to hold the thief back be­hind the doors of the Chap­ter House.

When the thief pushed past them, the 56-year-old IT ex­pert gave chase into an outer court­yard. He grabbed the man’s arm near the court­yard gate and knocked away the ham­mer. A church em­ployee tack­led him and held him down.

“It wasn’t me by my­self,” he said. “It was com­pletely a group ef­fort.”

The Magna Carta, which was pro­tected by two lay­ers of thick glass, wasn’t dam­aged.

Wilt­shire po­lice said Satur­day that a 45-yearold man was freed on bail un­til Nov. 20 as of­fi­cers con­tinue their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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