The 11th Annual Day of the Dead Festival will be held on Saturday November 2nd from 4pm until 11pm in downtown Birmingham. Day of the Dead is a vibrant, colorful, joyful commemoration of lost loved ones which originated in Mexico centuries ago. It combines music, storytelling, food, family, friends, flowers and memorials all in honor of those who have gone before. The festival also incorporates other memorial traditions such as the New Orleans Jazz Funeral. It is presented by the non-profit Bare Hands, Inc.
Traditional remembrance altars, a procession, music, dancing and family-oriented activities will bring to life the streets of downtown Birmingham. Food, beverages, T-shirts, masks, art, and face-painting will be available for purchase. Some of the proceeds from the event help support Bare Hands' After School Art Club at the Downtown YWCA.
To accommodate increasing attendance, the event site now includes both sections of 1st Avenue South between Richard Arrington Jr Blvd and 22nd Street South in addition to the fenced lot at 2115 1st Avenue South and adjacent alley. The event is rain or shine. The admission price is $10 per adult, $3 per child 12 to 7 years of age, and free for children 6 years and under. No pets, personal food or beverages allowed.
This year, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement, the festival's main memorial altar is devoted to civil rights martyrs. Artist, Craig Legg, is creating this main altar which will feature the names and photos of 41 recognized civil rights martyrs, spanning the years 1955-1968 from all over the Southeast.
Through this event Bare Hands seeks to build community and cultural understanding through a cross-cultural, multi-cultural celebration.