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Día de los Muertos festival and exhibit coming to the Nave Museum

Oct. 22, 2011 at 5:22 a.m.

The Día de los Muertos exhibit, curated by John Moraida, will include  altars, or ofrendas, that commemorate the memory of a loved one. It will be open  from Oct. 29 through Nov. 20.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

11:30 a.m. - March of Remembrance from St. Mary's Church to the Nave Museum

Noon - VISD Ballet Folklorico - East High School and Learning Community Middle School

12:30 p.m. - Salsa Lessons with Sharon Petty's DanceTime

1 p.m. - VISD Ballet Folklorico - West High School and Learning Community Middle School

1:30-3 p.m. - Freddy Reyes' Mariachi Tejano (underwritten in memory of John W. Cliburn)

3:30 p.m. - Salsa Lessons with Sharon Petty's DanceTime

Performances by singers/musicians Jerry James and Edwin Kuykendall throughout the day.

DID YOU KNOW?

Día de los Muertos has been practiced for at least 3,000 years, going back as far as the Aztecs. The day is meant to honor loved ones who have passed away. Many Día de los Muertos celebrations are in churches, schools and museums throughout the world, predominately in Mexico, Central America and parts of the United States.

Victoria Regional Museum Association/The Nave Museum will be host to a free Día de los Muertos "Day of the Dead" Festival and Exhibit from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. The Mexican holiday will be celebrated with a block party.

The event will begin with a somber march from St. Mary's church, at Church and Main streets, to the Nave Museum, at Moody and Commercial streets.

All are invited to join with marchers, many of whom will carry pictures of their deceased loved ones. Then festivities will commence with a sometimes macabre, but always loving, celebration on the grounds of the Nave Museum.

The exhibit at the Nave will include a silent auction of retablos, small devotional folk-art pieces. All proceeds help support the museum.

There also will be altars, or ofrendas, that commemorate the memory of a loved one. The altar exhibition, curated by John Moraida, will be displayed through Nov. 20.

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