For the second straight year, the city of Denison will pull out all the stops for its Dia de los Muertos festival, as the town will once again celebrate the Mexican holiday dedicated to remembering and celebrating the lives of deceased friends and family members. Last year’s inaugural event was recognized by Downtown Denison, Inc. and the Main Street Advisory Board as the best new event in the city.

For the second straight year, the city of Denison will pull out all the stops for its Dia de los Muertos festival, as the town will once again celebrate the Mexican holiday dedicated to remembering and celebrating the lives of deceased friends and family members. Last year’s inaugural event was recognized by Downtown Denison, Inc. and the Main Street Advisory Board as the best new event in the city.


Sponsored by the Denison Arts Council, activities will get underway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night with a traditional Mexican processional, beginning at Heritage Park. Among the weekend’s highlights will be a live demonstration of Japanese pottery glazing called the "Raku Rumble" on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the park, a look-alike contest for Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who was known for her self-portraits, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and an art walk between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday.


A complete list of activities is provided below. Events will be held at Heritage Park unless otherwise noted.


Friday


6:30 p.m. — Traditional Procession


7 p.m. — Dia de los Muertos reception at the Peanut Gallery


7 p.m. — Austin College poetry/art awards at the Peanut Gallery


7 p.m. — Panel painting at the Peanut Gallery


Saturday


10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Mercado


10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Art demonstrations at galleries and studios on Main Street


11 a.m. — AC theater group poetry


11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Loteria/Mexican Bingo every hour on the hour


11:30 a.m. — Salsa demonstration


1 p.m. — La Catrina y El Catrin competition


1 to 5 p.m. — Raku Rumble


1 p.m. — Mariachis


3 p.m. — Giant puppet parade starting at 700 W. Main Street


3:30 p.m. — Salsa demonstration


3:45 p.m. — Cinco de Mayo dancers


5:30 p.m. — Frida Kahlo Look-a-Like Contest


6:30 p.m. — Procession led by Frida winner


7 to 8 p.m. — Celebration, food, music and dancing


Sunday


1 to 5 p.m. — Raku Rumble


1 to 5 p.m. — Art demonstrations at galleries and studios on Main Street


2 to 3 p.m. — Cinco de Mayo dancers