Day of the Dead Festival Returns to the Plaza District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stephanie Sunday
FOURTH ANNUAL DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL TO RETURN TO HISTORIC PLAZA DISTRICT ON October 29, 2017
Art, Ofrendas, La Catrina Procession, Movies, Music, and Food are just a few events planned for the event.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Day of the Dead Festival in the Plaza District is a community cultural event paying a respectful tribute to the famed the Hispanic holiday of remembrance and tradition. It is held in the Plaza District which has not only a richly diverse environment but has a large history of Hispanic residents and business owners. The event is family oriented but open and fun for people of all ages and backgrounds.
This is the fourth year this event will be held in Plaza District. The event runs from
1 p.m. to 7p.m. in the 1700 block of NW 16th St between Indiana Ave and Blackwelder Ave. This year’s sponsors and organizers include the Bomb Shelter Gallery, Folk.Life, Everything Goes Dance, Dig It, and Plaza District Association
LA CATRINA PROCESSION
This will be the third year for this walking procession to take place and will be held at
4 p.m. The procession is to honor the traditional one held in Mexico City, which holds the world record for the most people decorated as Catrinas or Catrins. This year there will also be a contest for hand pulled wagons or strollers decorated in Day of the Dead style in addition to the contest for the best Catrina and best Catrin. There will also be live drummers and skeleton puppets as part of the procession.
Attendees can look forward to Fillmore Elementary Mariachi band, Classen SAS Mariachi Band, dance performances from Everything Goes Dance Studios' “Spirit of Mexico” Folkloric Dance Company, aerial silk performances by Magic Tree Studio, live music at 5:30 pm from with the all skeleton band Los Eskeletos, jazz music from Meteor and DJ's spinning Latin music all day to keep patrons feet moving.
Activity stations for both kids and adults will include Papel Picado making, skull masks, button making, coloring station, a community art station as well as traditional games such as loteria.
Louis Fowler from Damaged Viewing will be returning to The Venue to host his Mexican Monster Movie marathon.
FOOD and DRINK
The food selection for this year's festival will include food trucks such as Big Truck Taco, El Taco Box, Holey Rollers Donuts, and Churros Meoqui, in addition to the local grub and drink selection within the district; Chiltepe's, Empire Slice House, District House, Roxy's Ice Cream, Oak and Ore The Mule, Saint's Pub, Pie Junkie, Goro Ramen, Pritchard Wine Bar, and the newest addition Aurora.
ART AND SHOPPING
All of the Plaza District's eclectic selection of local businesses will be open and participating in the festival along with a great selection of hand picked vendors with Day of the Dead themed arts and crafts. A few of the outdoor artisans include handcrafted mini piñatas by Chrissy, Day of the Dead inspired artwork and accessories from Atomic Kudzu, Mexican and South American-inspired artwork from Bomb Shelter, jewelry and décor from Amelie's Anomalies, Mexican import artwork, masks and accessories from Folk Life and fresh cut marigolds and more. Many of the Plaza District businesses will host great shopping, and artwork in addition to a skull painting class at Paint n' Cheers. There will also be a group Day of the Dead themed youth art show at District House and our annual sidewalk chalk art show throughout the district.
In keeping with the spiritual aspects of the holiday, participants can walk the district and view ofrendas, private alters honoring the deceased, participate by lighting candles and leaving notes for loved ones at the community ofrenda. The ofrendas will be located outside along with inside the businesses and attendees can aspect to find ones dedicated to lost loved ones, celebrities or historical figures, and even lost and loved pets.
FACEPAINTING, HAIR, and PHOTO BOOTH
This year's selection of talented face painters include Cheeky Smiles, Artistic Temperaments, and Matt'squerade and Velvet Monkey will be sponsoring a booth where patrons can have their hair done up with flowers, crowns, braids, and more to go along with their complete Catrina or Frida Kahlo style looks. People can immortalize their costumes and day with our official photo booth sponsored by Memory Creations.
ABOUT THE DAY OF the DEAD FESTIVAL OKC
The Day of the Dead Festival in the Plaza District is community festival that is free and open to the public and is meant to celebrate, educate and honor a traditional beautiful Hispanic holiday. All are welcomed and encouraged to come out and participate in the festivities with an open-mind and respectful heart. It is sponsored and organized by the three owners of Plaza District businesses Bomb Shelter, Folk Life, and Dig It with additional sponsorship from the Plaza District Association. It is completed by the participation of all the Plaza District businesses, passionate volunteers, and our local community.
For more information, call Stephanie Sunday at 405.496.9424.