The Ninth Annual Day of the Dead celebration in downtown Fort Lauderdale is happening today, Nov. 2, from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The celebration starts with the Ofrendas exhibit at the New River Inn Fort Lauderdale History Center from 3 to 8 p.m.
The “Azteca Stage” at the Huizenga Plaza, featuring exhibits and entertainments like face painting and traditional Aztec dancing, will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Mexican consul general, Horacio Saavedra, is scheduled to start the Skeleton Processional, featuring 50 giant puppets, at 6 p.m.
The processional will follow Mariachi musicians along Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk and end at the Folklorico Stage at Southwest Third Avenue and Broward Boulevard. There, participants will find food trucks, street performers and original art until 11 p.m. Music will be played until after midnight.
This festival is designed to cater to people of all ages and share a sense of community with the attendees according to organizer Jim Hammond.
“To me it’s about connecting with other human beings,” he said.
For more information, visit http://www.dayofthedeadflorida.com/