Broward County Community & Culture

6th Annual South Florida Day of the Dead Celebration

6th Annual South Florida Day of the Dead CelebrationMonday, November 2, 4pm-10pm - Huizenga Plaza, One East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Get ready for the 6th Annual South Florida Day of the Dead Celebration, ever popular and very spirited festival of remembrance and revelry. On this date it is believed that the gateway between Mictlan, the ancient Aztec land of dead, and our own opens up so we can dance and sing with our lost loved ones for one special time of year.

With just 750 attendees in 2010, the event swelled to almost 11000 participants in 2014. The Celebration is a creative spectacle honoring Mexican and Latin American traditions while generating modern interpretations that connect with a broad spectrum of demographics. Rooted in community, this event embraces a universe of ideas from a legion of talented skull inspired artists, mariachi musicians, painted performers and enthusiastic skeleton clad revelers. This skeleton-inspired celebration is centered at Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk, Revolution Live Entertainment Complex, and Fort Lauderdale History Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Participants will begin to gather Monday for CALAVARAS IN THE PLAZA at 4 pm in Huizenga Plaza on Las Olas Boulvard for craft activities including mask and puppet making along with sugar skull face painting to help the little ones prepare for the event. It will be underscored by traditional live classical Mexican music from the stage. A few blocks West along the River at the New River Inn, make sure to experience the heartfelt OFRENDAS EXHIBITION where traditional altars of remembrance have been created using sugar skulls, food, art and artifact for those who have have passed. Some are traditional, some artistic, all deeply meaningful to each builder.

The main spectacle begins when the community will converge up in traditional skeleton garb at the Plaza for the SKELETON PROCESSIONAL. At 6pm Officials from the Fort Lauderdale City Commission and the Consulate General of Mexico shall welcome participants. At 6:30pm led by Event Founder Jim Hammond from PUPPET NETWORK and his giant skeleton puppets up to 16’ tall, over 40 puppets and 1000 skeletons will follow Mariachi Musicians along Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale towards SW 3rd Avenue in a colorful sidewalk parade through the Fort Lauderdale Historic District.

The Processional ends at the FOLKLORICO STAGE at SW 3rd Avenue which will be closed for our MUERTOS STREET FESTIVAL from 6-10pm. There will be original indie art and crafts for sale in the CRAFT CRYPT in Revolution Live nightclub. Craft projects, face painting and more will be available for children in LOS ANGELITOS VILLAGE. Interspersed throughout, you will find art installations, pop up ofrendas, mask making art tents, low riders, Latin American food trucks and interactive street performers.

All of these free events are funded by our generous sponsors including City of Fort Lauderdale, Consulate General of Mexico in Miami, Broward County Cultural Division, National Endowment for the Arts, 3J Hospitality, Koffee Kult, Jose Cuervo, Corona, Riverwalk, John & James Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant and many more.