Dia de los Muertos ~ Riverside

“Dia de los Muertos”, (“Day of the Dead”) was alive and wild as ever as they danced through the streets of downtown Riverside.  The city celebrated their 9th annual tribute to the dead with music and dancing, candles, spirits, altars and parades.  The streets were packed with onlookers who came out to observe and participate in this out-of-the-ordinary event.  Loaded down with camera gear, I could barely squeeze through the tightly packed crowd to make my seat in the arena of Aztec dancers.  The Ballet Folklorico de Riverside was definitely the main attraction for this cultural event!  The dancers jumped and bowed to the spirits, circling the burning incense, taking in the scent and giving thanks to the Gods.  Their costume so vibrant and adorned with jewels.  Their faces painted to mirror the dead.  I love this group!

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