For something celebrating the dead, this weekend's events sure sound lively.
Saturday’s Dia de Muertos Ohio will include live — as opposed to dead — music, dance, food and fun activities for kids. But the highlight is sure to be, as event organizers describe it, “the ever-popular Procession of Skulls & Skeletons Parade,” from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration for participants ended on Halloween, but anyone can watch the parade in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District.
As explained on dayofthedead.holiday, Day of the Dead is celebrated Nov. 1 and 2 and is not related to Halloween. It is said that on Nov. 1, children who have died come back to visit and celebrate as angelitos. The next day, deceased adults show up for the festivities. “It’s not somber but celebratory,” the website says of the holiday.
Saturday’s free event, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6205 Detroit Ave., and the surrounding area, is just one local Day of the Dead celebration. Dia de los Muertos, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Sand Run Metro Park’s Mingo Lodge in Akron, has a different vibe. Admission to the 21-and-over event is $25. Your ticket gets you a light dinner, music, a naturalist’s theme-inspired program and, weather permitting, indoor and outdoor fires.
You can start celebrating tonight at Hedge Gallery in 78th Street Studios, where Barrio Day of the Dead will go from 7 to 11 p.m. Your $25 ticket covers two drinks and two Barrio tacos. But save room for samples of sugar skull chocolates from Fear’s Confections and Day of the Dead flavor ice cream from Sweet Moses. Each guest also will get a Modelo Especial pint glass as a gift on the way out.