Actress Eva Longoria Named Grand Marshal of Inaugural Catrinas on the River Parade which Kicks Off Day of the Dead San Antonio 2019 Celebration Friday, Nov 1, 7 – 8:30pm
Actress, producer, director and philanthropist Eva Longoria will celebrate Día de los Muertos in San Antonio as the grand marshal of the Catrinas on the River Parade. San Antonio’s first-ever Día de Los Muertos river parade, Catrinas on the River will illuminate downtown San Antonio with the spirit of the Day of the Dead this Friday, Nov. 1, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
A Screen Actors Guild Award winner and Golden Globe nominee, Longoria is not only known for her storied acting career, but for her commitment to charitable causes. Longoria is a champion of charities and organizations supporting Latinos and has been honored several times with American Latino Media Arts awards. She was selected in 2006 as ALMA’s “person of the year”.
The Texas native also co-founded the nonprofit organization Eva’s Heroes to enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual special needs. Based in San Antonio, Eva’s Heroes helps teens and young adults 14 and older who have intellectual special needs integrate and flourish in society. Longoria was inspired to create the non-profit by her older sister, Liza, who was diagnosed with a developmental disability. Eva’s Heroes is one of several local organizations being spotlighted in the Catrinas on the River Parade and will featured in the parade.
Trajineras Bring Parade to Life
Presented by Day of the Dead San Antonio and co-hosted by official parade partner Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation, the Catrinas on the River Parade features more than 22 barges spotlighting local San Antonio organizations, special guests and dignitaries. Unlike anything before seen on the San Antonio River, 16 of the barges are trajineras, colorful barges that mirror the flat-bottom gondola-like trajineras seen in Xochimilco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site south of Mexico City. San Antonio’s famous Go Rio barges will join the trajineras for a fabulous night on the river. Both Go Rio and the San Antonio River Walk Association are partners in the parade. Seat sales for the parade benefit the Rey Feo Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to local children.
KSAT12/ABC will air the Catrinas on the River Parade live on Nov. 1, 7 – 10 p.m. The three-hour live broadcast will feature the parade, the festival opening and family fun for everyone to enjoy.
Official Catrine and Catrina of the Parade
In a nod to the traditions of the Day of the Dead, in addition to a grand marshal, Catrinas on the River features a Catrine and Catrina. The parade’s first-ever Catrine and Catrina are Dick Tips, Chairman and CEO of Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries, and his wife, Kristin Tips, the President and Funeral Director of Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries. Catrines and Catrinas, elegantly dressed smiling skeleton figures, are an essential part of Day of the Dead festivities. The Tips will be featured on a special barge during the parade.
Dignitaries and Special Guests Join in the Celebration
Joining Longoria and the Tips in the parade will be the Mayor of San Antonio Ron Nirenberg, members of the San Antonio City Council and representatives from Joint Base San Antonio. Other very special guests joining Eva’s Heroes as organizations honored in the parade include Children’s Rehabilitation Institute TeletonUSA (CRIT), the Ecumenical Center, Family Violence Prevention Services, Girls Inc. and Morgan’s Wonderland.
Day of the Dead San Antonio Festival Events and Activities
Día de los Muertos is a holiday of celebration and remembrance, a time for families and friends to come together to honor those who have passed. The inaugural Day of the Dead San Antonio Festival, presented by H-E-B, will fill La Villita with celebration and remembrance as this new event brings Día de los Muertos to life in San Antonio like never before. The event will offer free admission across all three days of celebration, November 1-3. Decorative characters and engaging activities featuring live music and performances, workshops, children’s activities, and Mexican food, drinks and shopping are the highlights of this family-friendly event.
The remembrance continues Saturday, November 2, during the Celebrate Life 5K Run-Walk at Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries South. Race registration is available through dodsat.com. The race will be held entirely within the cemetery, allowing runners to connect with the spirits of those who have passed. La Villita will be filled again with festive celebration glowing throughout the evening. Then the event will conclude with an afternoon of family fun and remembrance on Sunday, November 3.
Transportation Options to Enjoy Day of the Dead San Antonio
Enjoying the Catrinas on the River Parade and the Day of the Dead San Antonio Festival at La Villita is easy thanks to Lyft and VIA Metropolitan Transit. New and existing Lyft users can enter the Smart Ride promo code DAYOFDEAD19 to receive 25 percent off two rides (up to $2 per ride) to and from the festival beginning Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. through Nov. 3 at midnight, covering Day of the Dead San Antonio’s full schedule of activities.
On Saturday, VIA Metropolitan Transit will offer convenient and affordable special event service to the Day of the Dead San Antonio Festival in La Villita. Special event service will be available from the Crossroads Park & Ride, 151 Crossroads Blvd., to Market Street at Alamo Street beginning at noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, and return service will continue until 11 p.m. The special event fare is only $2.50 each way with discounted fares available for children, seniors, students, and active-duty military.
Day of the Dead San Antonio benefits charities serving youth in San Antonio, including the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation, Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA (CRIT), the Ecumenical Center and The Battered Women’s and Children’s Shelter. Other nonprofit partners include Eva’s Heroes, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the Briscoe Western Art Museum and the Witte Museum.
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