On the Mexico City travel forum on Trip Advisor people frequently ask when the Day of the Dead Parade will be held. And we have to reply that a date has not been announced and probably will not be announced until a scant month ahead of time.
Well it seems that someone in the city government wised up. A few days ago the Secretary of Culture, promoting Mexico City as the "Cultural Capital of the Americas" announced a calendar of upcoming festivals for 2019. The events include a Latin American Film Festival, an International Book Fair, and... the much anticipated celebrations for the Day of the Dead!
So, if you are interested in visiting Mexico City for the Day of the Dead, mark your calendars, because here are the dates for the big three events during that season.
The Parade of Monumental Alebrijes
Saturday, October 19th
The Alebrije Parade of 2018
The Mega-Procession of "Catrinas"
Saturday, October 26th
|The Procession of "Catrinas", 2018|
The Grand Parade of the Day of the Dead
Saturday, November 2nd
|Day of the Dead Parade in 2017|
This year will mark the 4th annual Day of the Dead Parade. I have attended the last two parades. It had an unlikely origin. The 2015 James Bond film "Specter" opened with a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City... something that, in truth, had never been a part of the city's observance of the holiday. But after that, tourists began asking when the Day of the Dead Parade would be, so in 2016 the city organized the first parade. Some Mexicans still refer to it derisively as the "James Bond Parade" and say that it is a "fake" event. But it is hugely popular with Mexicans and tourists alike. When I first attended there was a big crowd of spectators. Last year, the crowd was at least twice as big. I would not be surprised if there were a million people along the parade route.
Both years the parade was held the Saturday before Day of the Dead, but this year the holiday falls on a Saturday, and that is when the parade will be held. I am not sure if I want to put up with the enormous crowds again this year, but the parade is definitely a great event... despite its detractors.