I mentioned the other day that we needed to buy some batteries for the electronic candles that I have for my "ofrenda". We used that as an excuse (as if we needed one) to take a trip downtown. We found batteries for some of the candles at the first store we visited, but a couple of the candles took tiny batteries that were hard to find. Our search for those would take us through the "Historic Center" of the city. Along the way we got to see plenty of decorations for the Day of the Dead.
We took the Metrobus to the Plaza de la República and walked eastward toward the "Historic Center". There was a large banner on one of the buildings near the Paseo de la Reforma. It was from Ferrari, one of the sponsors of the Formula1 auto race that was held in Mexico City on Saturday.
A few blocks farther, we passed this "Centro de Acopio" (Collection Center), one of many in the city, where people can donate food, bottled water, and needed supplies to help the people of Acapulco after the devastation of Hurrican Otis.
Our route took us past the Alameda, a lovely park in the center of the center that dates back to colonial times. Funeza, a chain of Mexico City funeral homes, had set up a Day of the Dead display there. A woman dressed as a "catrina" (an elegantly dressed skeleton) welcomed visitors.
One portion of the display was a series of large "candles" made, I suppose, from fiberglass. Each "candle" was painted by a different artist. (This is a variation on the "Mexicráneos", the fiberglass skulls which are individually painted by artists.)
Along Madero Street there were several stands where flower growers from the rural regions of Mexico City were selling marigold. (Yes, believe it or not, there are actually rural areas within the city limits.
Madero Street empties into the Zócalo, the city's vast main plaza.
On the south side of the Zócalo the twin buildings of the City Hall were decked out with Day of the Dead lights.