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Easter Seals Central Texas Brings “Day of the Dead” To Life With Austin Celebration

By on September 6, 2015 in Central Texas, Health News Texas with 0 Comments
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Leave it to Austin to bring the Day of the Dead to life with music, cultural performances, art, kid’s activities and lots and lots of great food and drink. Photo: John Gutierrez

by Ed Lallo/Health New Texas Editor

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Day, is a Mexican holiday recognized around the world, but leave it to Austin to bring the Day of the Dead to life for a good cause with music, cultural performances, art, kid’s activities and lots and lots of great food and drink.

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The 3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival is set to combine a dynamic blend of local and international music featuring artists with a vibrant Latin tradition to benefit Easter Seals Central Texas. Photo: Dia de los Muertos Festival/Facebook

The 3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival is set to combine a dynamic blend of local and international music featuring artists with a vibrant Latin tradition to benefit Easter Seals Central Texas, an organization promoting independence and creating opportunities for people with disabilities.

According to Easter Seals volunteer Ralph Solis, the Latin American holiday celebration is like Halloween, but rooted in Hispanic tradition. “The theme of the event is not to mourn your ancestors that have moved on, but to celebrate their life and relive their life a little bit for a day and do the things they like to do so you remember them that way,” he explained.

Since 1937 Easter Seals Central Texas has been a leading provider of patient-centered services and support for children and adults with disabilities, their families and caregivers. It is a locally funded and governed organization serving more than 8,500 clients in 22 Central Texas counties.

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The community is invited to participate in a special tradition of the holiday with a ‘build your own altar’ contest at the Festival. Photo: Dia de los Muertos Festival/Facebook

The Mexican tradition blends with Easter Seal’s core mission of promoting independence and opportunities for people with disabilities so they can pursue their hopes and dreams. “The festival is an exciting whirlwind of activity. The community is invited to participate in a special tradition of the holiday with a ‘build your own altar’ contest at the Festival,” said Tod Marvin, Easter Seal Central Texas’ President and CEO.

Children 12 and under can play in a free, safe and fun ‘Kid’s Zone’ where they will be inspired to learn and explore Dia de los Muertos music, arts and culture including face-painting, mask-making and a piñata party.

The highlight of the festival is an eclectic combination of vibrant, rhythmic sounds and sights of Latin music. Featured local and international artists include; La Vida Bohéme, Son de Rey, Kinski, Son Armado, Grupo de Danza Mexica-chichimeca de Austin, Devin Banda, Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico de Texas and DJ Frank Castle.

A costume parade will start the festivities leading into the musical entertainment. It will be led by Los Monas Performance Group and the Austin Samba School and is open to the public.

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The highlight of the festival is an eclectic combination of vibrant, rhythmic sounds and sights of Latin music including the musical group Son de Rey. Photo: Son de Rey/Facebook

According to the Central Texas organization, the event bringing a unique cultural experience to the Austin area had more than 2000 attendees. “We are excited to see Austin embrace a fun, family-friendly celebration of music, food and culture in such a big way,” said Marvin. ‘Every penny supports a great mission of helping people with disabilities live independently. Pairing live music with the observance of Dia de Los Muertos truly reflects Austin’s cultural diversity and our unique personality.”

The festival will be held on Saturday, October 17th from noon till 10:00pm at Fiesta Gardens at 2101 East Segovia Street on Lady Bird Lake. Presenting Sponsor for the Festival is EZPAWN. Other sponsors include; Seton Healthcare Family, William Gammon Insurance, United Healthcare, Superior HealthPlan, Google Fiber, H-E-B, El Jimador Tequila, CLS Partners, HPI Real Estate Services and Esquivel Events.

Media sponsors include KUT/KUTX, Univision Austin TV and Radio KLJA 107.7 and KLQB 104.3, El Mundo Newspaper, Austin American Statesman, Austin 360.com, ¡Ahora Sí! And Do512.

General admission pre-sale tickets are available for $15.00, which can be purchased online at www.austindiadelosmuertos.com/. VIP tickets are also available. General admission tickets will also go on sale in advance at select partners and admission is free for children 12 and under who attend with a paid ticket-holding adult.


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Photo: Dia de los Muertos Festival/Facebook

2015 Schedule of Events
• Kids’ Zone
• Alter Build
• Día de los Muertos Procession

2015 Music and Performers
• La Vida Bohéme
• Son de Rey
• Kinski
• Son Armado
• Devin Banda
• Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico de Texas
• DJ Frank Castle.
• Grupo de Danza Mexica-chichimeca de Austin
• Austin Samba School
• Los Monas Performance Group


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