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Movies, zombies and Halloween are changing Mexico's Day of the Dead

Culture & Community By Associated Press 1329 views
Movies, zombies and Halloween are changing Mexico's Day of the Dead

EXCERPT: THE TELEGRAPH.CO.UK / VIDEO VIA MIKE COREY

 

Hollywood movies, zombie shows, Halloween and even politics are fast changing Mexico's Day of the Dead celebrations, which traditionally consisted of quiet family gatherings at the graves of their departed loved ones bringing them music, drink and conversation. 

Mexico's capital held its first Day of the Dead parade Saturday, complete with floats, giant skeleton marionettes and more than 1,000 actors, dancers and acrobats in costumes. 

Tens of thousands turned out to watch the procession, which included routines like a phalanx of Aztec warriors with large headdresses doing tricks on rollerblade skates. 

"It would be hard to conserve these traditions without any changes," said Juan Robles, a 32-year-old carpenter who led the skating Aztecs. "This way, people can come and participate, the young and old." 

Day of the Dead reveller in Mexico
Day of the Dead reveller in Mexico CREDIT: MARCO UGARTE/AP

Such a spectacle has never been a part of traditional Day of the Dead celebrations. 

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