Annual Oceanside event celebrates the dead

OCEANSIDE — Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 along Pier View Way and Coast Highway 101.
The event is Mexico’s ancient tradition of celebrating the lives of deceased loved ones. A major cultural significance portrayed at the event is the ofrendas or altars that are made by hand to honor deceased loved ones. More than 18 altars will be constructed along Pier View Way by local Oaxacan and Michoacan families, Palomar College students, as well as local families.
In addition, there will be whimsical skeletons and sugar candy skulls that mock death to release the fear and grief and to celebrate those who shared their lives. Throughout the event, attendees will also enjoy a traditional Banda and Comparsa Parade that will stroll through the venue along with Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi and Mexican Regional music performances.
Día de los Muertos merchandise will sold, including pan de muerto or bread of the dead along with traditional food and dishes. Several artists will display their interpretations of the cycle of life and death in the event gallery.
For more information, call (760) 754-4512 or visit www.msoceanside.com.

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