What: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Cazateatro and Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis are collaborating for a free Dia de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, October 7. The inagural Dia de los Muertos parade will take place that morning and will impact traffic for a short time. The full parade route and information about road closures and suggested routes is attached to this email and can also be found online.
The community celebration at the Brooks will offer art-making activities, face painting, music, costumed performers, dance performances and a Frida Kahlo costume contest. Please come dressed in your best Frida-inspired attire! The contest has four age categories: 6 and under, 7-12, 13-18 and 18 and over. The winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m.
Performers include Stax Music Academy, Inner City South, Herencia Hispana, Cazateatro, Alejandro Walls, Mariachi Guadalajara, Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis and Tropical Fusion. Throughout the day, Mariachi Guadalajara and several Catrinas (opulently dressed skeleton figures based on José Luis Posada’s icon of death) will also appear at the Brooks.
When: Saturday, October 7, Festivities begin at the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square at 10:30 a.m. with the parade beginning at 11 a.m.The free community celebration festival begins at the Brooks at 12:15 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
Where: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Overton Park, 1934 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 30104
Founded in 1916, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is the oldest and largest major art museum in Tennessee that includes art from around the world in its collection. The Brooks Museum enriches the lives of our diverse community through the Museum’s expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs that reflect the art of world cultures from antiquity to the present.