Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Dia de los Muertos, Part 2

Today is Dia de los Muertos and everyone, including Indigo, is wearing creepy costumes. Well, not everyone, especially not me and Amy because we're slugs, but there's a lot of face paint around.

Here's the scene in the shop where we went to get Indigo's face painted.

This guy was dressed to the nines.  You can't see it in the picture but he was wearing black patent leather shoes that were very shiny.

Here's Indigo with a friend named John.

There are lots of comparzas for the holiday. It's a kind of party/street fair/music/dance thing, of the type that seems to happen in Mexico for just about any reason at all. We went to one in the center of town in a very touristy area, and it was pretty dull; mostly people selling stuff. So, we went to another one in a neighborhood near our house where there are never many tourists, and it was a lot more fun.

All the costumes were really creepy. We only saw one Elsa, and even she had Catrina facepaint (and she was about 5 years old).  I don't know who this guy was supposed to be, but he was definitely scary, in a goofy kind of way.

This guy was mostly just goofy, though. In fact, maybe he is actually Goofy, or Dopey, or Sneezy or someone like that.

The comparza consisted of a parade through the neighborhood, which would come to a halt about every two blocks. Then, the band would set up, then play music for about 15 minutes while everyone danced. Jack is a good dancer; it took me a while to get this photo because he was really moving.

Hannibal Lector here kept terrorizing people by growling and trying to leap out of his chair.  The cop and the nurse would pull him back.  I saw them do this routine about 15 times and it didn't get old. Indigo wouldn't go near him.

On the other hand, she liked these guys.

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