Day of the Dead Parade, Old Town, San Diego, California
I was planning on returning to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for Day of the Dead, but unfortunately a friend of mine who was going to meet me there had to cancel his travel plans and as a result I cancelled mine too.
I ended up going to Old Town San Diego to photograph the evening parade on November 2 and I made this group portrait.
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday and is celebrated throughout Mexico. Family and friends get together to pray and remember their loved ones who have passed away. This is not a time of mourning, but rather it is a joyful celebration of life, food, friends and family.
The history of the Day of the Dead is a syncretism of Pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs. The celebration takes place on November 1–2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2).
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