Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Número 20 by Bare Hands, Inc

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Celebrate life at Día de los Muertos Número 20 with Bare Hands, Inc. on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 4pm to 10pm at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark! The Día de los Muertos festival is one of the most complicated Day of the Dead celebrations in the Southeast. From massive art installations, musical performances and beautiful costumes to a procession of puppets, homemade altars (ofrendas) and food trucks, this is an event not to be missed! Gates open at 4:00 PM and attendees will see a mariachi walk, performances by ETER4, Ballet Folklorico Corazon Azteca, a parade led by a processional band, and a Frida Kahlo ceremony.

On the Day of the Dead we celebrate the lives of those who came before us through music, a memorial roll call, a New Orleans-style jazz funeral procession, traditional dancers, an artists’ mercado, and most importantly, the created ofrendas, or memorial altars in memory of lost loved ones. Ancient belief has it that the souls of the deceased come to visit during Día de los Muertos, guided by the familiar sights and smells of the objects on their altars and the sound of their loved ones gathered around them. Known as altars or ofrendas, these personal memorials vary from a single photograph of a loved one to an elaborate shrine honoring that person. Participants are encouraged to bring a personal memento to attend. For guidelines on submitting altars and appeal names, see https://barehandsinc.org/.

The Artists’ Market has everything from handcrafted jewelry, sculpture, paintings, glass, ceramics and more for sale by vendors, along with Day of the Dead 20th Anniversary commemorative posters, Craig Legg prints and limited edition t-shirts. These providers include: Alexander’s Wearable Art, Art by Macy, Artesanias Cheran, Beauty Studio by Elvia, Brian Burks, Cajas Crafs N More, Dirty Hands Lab, Gyspy Queen Jewelry, Iron & Bone, La Clayworx, Butterfly, Mario Lopez, Muertenation , Olga, NAZAR Hecho a Mano, San Miguel Arcángel, Sandys Boutique, SoulSistah3.0, The Mod Couple, Tipsy Lantern and Whimmmsy. There will also be free art activities for kids and the kid-at-heart, compliments of the Alabama Waldorf School, Magic City Acceptance Academy and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

In addition, attendees can sample traditional Latin American cuisine from Corazon Mexican Food, El Sazon Casero, Frida’s, Los Valedores, Mi Pueblo Supermarket, Pasteles La MoreliAna Pastries & Desserts, Pollo Goyo, Pupuseria Lupita, Royal Creations Treats ‘N Eats, SS Atlanta, Sol Azteca, Taco Morro Loco, Tacos Toluca, Tamale Queen, Taqueria Las Garzas, Taqueria Mexico, Tea Lab, and Thirs Tea food trucks. Ice cold Pepsi products, margaritas and a specialty beverage garden featuring Pacifico, Modelo, Corona Premier and Victoria beers will also be available.

Our featured visual artist of Día de los Muertos Número 20 is Craig Underwood, better known as Craig Legg. Craig is a keen observer, deep thinker and inventor of engineering. He has worn many hats for the Día de los Muertos festival. His commemorative painting is this year’s festival design that inspired everything we did leading up to this year’s event!

Kind sponsors include Alabev, Buffalo Rock, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Abagados Centros Legal/Nathan Harrison & Associates, T-Mobile, Rubio Law Firm, Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Latino News, La Jefa 98.3, ABC 33/40, CW21 and MY68.

Tickets are on sale now for $15 in advance and $20 at the box office. Children up to 12 years have free admission. Tickets can be purchased online at https://barehandsinc.org/ddlm-1. T-shirts, festival posters and art prints can also be purchased online at https://barehandsinc.org/ddlm-1.

For more information about the Día de los Muertos Festival or Bare Hands, Inc., visit www.barehandsinc.org.

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