On the Zócalo they were in the midst of setting up the "mega-ofrenda". The "ofrenda", as I have said before, is the altar which families set up in honor of departed loved ones. The city for some years has been erecting a large-scale display for the Day of the Dead.
Some of the decorations that will be part of the mammoth "ofrenda"
On Pino Suárez, one of the streets emptying into the Zócalo, the floats for the parade were already lined up.
And on 20 de Noviembre, another avenue leading into the Zócalo, there were tents where the participants could change into their costumes.
Some were already in their parade attire.
Some were grabbing a bite to eat before the parade.
Although it was more than two hours before the parade was scheduled to begin, I headed down Madero Street to find a good spot to view the event.