'Day of the Dead' parade in Mexico City honours earthquake victims, rescuers

Mexico City's central Zocalo plaza was filled by the papier mache dead, skeletal Catrina figures and candle-covered shrines as hundreds gathered to honour the 228 capital residents killed by 19 September earthquake

FP Staff October 29, 2017 11:20:18 IST
Mexico City's central Zocalo plaza was filled by the papier mache dead, skeletal Catrina figures and candle-covered shrines as hundreds gathered to honour the 228 capital residents killed by 19 September earthquake. AP
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Mexico City's central Zocalo plaza was filled by the papier mache dead, skeletal Catrina figures and candle-covered shrines as hundreds gathered to honour the 228 capital residents killed by 19 September earthquake. AP
This year's parade featured a kilometre and a half of floats honouring the celebration, which is an amalgam of pre-Hispanic and other traditions. AP
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This year's parade featured a kilometre and a half of floats honouring the celebration, which is an amalgam of pre-Hispanic and other traditions. AP
White, orange, purple, black paper cut-outs papier mache skeletons with rescue vests and helmets symbolised volunteers from regions affected by earthquakes while other skeletons represented victims. AP
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White, orange, purple, black paper cut-outs papier mache skeletons with rescue vests and helmets symbolised volunteers from regions affected by earthquakes while other skeletons represented victims. AP
'We must not forget that the country is in mourning because there are many who do not have a home." said one participant, Guadalupe Perez. AP
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'We must not forget that the country is in mourning because there are many who do not have a home." said one participant, Guadalupe Perez. AP
The Day of Dead celebrations traditionally consisted of quiet family gatherings at the graves of their departed loved ones bringing them music, drink and conversations. AP
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The Day of Dead celebrations traditionally consisted of quiet family gatherings at the graves of their departed loved ones bringing them music, drink and conversations. AP
But it is increasingly celebrated with parade rife with floats, giant skeleton marionettes and thousands of participants. AP
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But it is increasingly celebrated with parade rife with floats, giant skeleton marionettes and thousands of participants. AP
"Many are afraid of death but no, its part of life," said Leo Cancino, who took his family to see the parade in Mexico City. AP
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"Many are afraid of death but no, its part of life," said Leo Cancino, who took his family to see the parade in Mexico City. AP