5k Run Draws Hundreds to Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Nov. 8, 2013 / By

A cheerleader performs in traditional Día de los Muertos face paint. Photo: BRENDA RINCON/Coachella Uninc -

A cheerleader performs in traditional Día de los Muertos face paint. Photo: BRENDA RINCON/Coachella Uninc –

Coachella — On November 1, the night before Día de los Muertos, hundreds descended upon Sixth Street to participate in the inaugural Run with Los Muertos 5K and enjoy the pre- and post-run festivities.

In addition to the run, the evening featured art, music, dancing, Día de los Muertos face painting, and traditional altars honoring the dead built by community members. 

Día de los Muertos is a centuries-old Latino tradition celebrated on November 2, the Roman Catholic All Souls’ Day. Día de los Muertos is a time to honor the dead, not through mourning but through celebrating the person’s life.

Reporter Johnny Flores, Jr., asked community members what brought them out to the celebration.

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