Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Pearl, the Mexican Holiday that Honors Loved Ones Who Have Passed On, with Free, Traditional Festivities
Pearl, in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute, is delighted to announce the third annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, scheduled for November 1 and 2, 2019. Pearl will honor the traditional Mexican holiday that remembers loved ones who have passed with altars/ofrendas, live music, a procession, calaveras stilt walkers, art making, and more. The entire event will be held at Pearl and is FREE and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to dress in costumes and wear face paint.
The entire community is invited to participate in the Procession to kick off the weekend event led by Erika Prosper. Both days will feature altars created by local artists including: Veronica Prida and Omar Rodriguez who are presenting an altar dedicated to the military; Veronica Castillo who is honoring immigrants fleeing and seeking a better life; Terry Ybañez who is dedicating her altar to laborers and human rights activists; Gabi Magaly and Sonya Marie Sky who are focusing on famous feministas (feminists and empowered women); and the Mexican Cultural Institute who is honoring Lila Cockrell and Mexican artist Francisco Toledo. Artwork by Momo & Pompa will fill the property.
Visitors are invited to celebrate their loved-ones by contributing to Pearl’s community altar, created this year by Andy Benavides. Benavides worked with over 1,100 children from Briscoe Elementary School and Harris Middle School to create the community altar that symbolizes the past, present, and future of children in San Antonio. Pearl has worked closely with San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) to showcase a series of student-led altars from the following schools: ALA, Hawthorne, Bonham Academy, Mark Twain Dual Language Academy, and Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA). Nearly 2,300 SAISD students will be represented through original altars, which pay homage to a range of recipients–from indigenous ancestors and family members to extinct animals and species lost to climate change as well as victims of the recent hurricanes in the Bahamas, Texas, and Puerto Rico.
“Dia de los Muertos at Pearl is by far our biggest and most collaborative event with the community,” said Elizabeth Fauerso, chief marketing officer of Pearl. “We’re thankful to provide a space to bring together local artists, musicians, friends, families, and neighbors to experience the special Mexican holiday.”
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, November 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. (all at Pearl Park):
5 to 6 p.m. House music
6 to 6:15 p.m. Emcee Michael Quintanilla and
Remarks by Erika Prosper introducing the procession
6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Procession with:
La Catrina (from Woodlawn Theater)
Las Monas and Son Olvidados
SAISD students, Matachines, Escaramuza charra
Rebecca Medina Selena doll
Guadalupe Dance Company Stilt Walkers and Cabezudos
7 to 7:45 p.m. El Tallercito de Son
8 to 9 p.m. Volcán
Saturday, November 2 from 5 to 9 p.m.
5 to 5:45 p.m. Conjunto Heritage Taller
6 to 7 p.m. Mariachi Azteca de América
There will also be beverages and treats available for purchase from the Bottling Department. A traditional Pan de Muerto sweet bread will be available for purchase from local Mexican bakeries Panifico Bake Shop and La Panadería. Other local businesses who will be on site include: Paleteria SA, SA Bunuelo , Ms. Chocolatier, El Chiaquil, Churro Star and more. Family friendly activities include calaveras (sugar skulls), skeleton puppet making with the DoSeum, art making with Mexican Cultural Institute, and face painting by Hippy’s FX and IPaintU.
For more information, please visit Pearl’s website here.