A Multicultural Event to Honor our Loved Ones
Open to the Belly Dance Community, Friends, and Family.

Sunday, October 22 (rain or shine!)

The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade and performance will take place Sunday, October 23rd in Downtown San Jose. Join belly dancers and drummers as we parade down the streets of Downtown San Jose, the procession ends at a festival on SJSU campus where there will be a performance opportunity! Everyone is welcome! Shimmy, shake, or drum through Downtown with multicultural dancers and musicians. This is always an enjoyable event, a great way to make connections, have fun, honor our ancestors and celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have passed . Details below... If there is anyone from the belly dance and drumming community you think would like to participate, please pass on this information. Your friends and family are welcome!

DDLM 2017 flyer (pdf)

In a nutshell, it’s a whole day of fun
We gather at Patrice and Russ’ in the morning for coffee, Mexican hot chocolate, and pan dulce (sweet breads) while we paint our faces; then we drum and zill on our way to the light rail station to the meet up spot near Cesar Chavez; the parade takes place at noon, we drum and dance a few blocks through the streets of Downtown San Jose; the destination is SJSU where there is a festival. You can shop and eat, and there is entertainment (a performance opportunity for our crew); afterwards, we eat at a local restaurant, then back to my place to finish off any leftover pan dulce and gather your stuff. PHEW! It's a long day of fun, but you can pick and choose your own level of involvement.

Dancers and Musicians: wear a costume, paint or wear a skeleton face, bring percussive doodads, finger cymbals, zagahreets and happy spirits. Wear comfortable shoes, don't carry too much, there aren't a lot of places to stash your stuff. Dancers please keep in mind that this is family-oriented event and it is better to err on the modest side. If you are going to join just the procession, then street clothes with skeleton face is perfectly fine.

DDLM 2017 flyer (pdf)

Face wipes, face paint, some brushes
Coffee, Mexican hot chocoate and pan dulce

For face painting: your favorite brushes, a free standing table top mirror.
Fare for the light rail
For the parade: zills and/or a drum
Money to spend at the festival and/or for eats at the end of the day.



Face Painting and Snacks
8:00-10:30am (arrive early for face painting, it takes over an hour to paint your face, please plan accordingly)
Patrice N Russ’ Casa  |  609 Minor Ave., San Jose, CA 95125
Enjoy coffee, Mexican hot chocolate, and pan dulce while we paint our faces. Bring a hands-free mirror and any favorite make up brushes, paints provided. Bring a jacket to wear in the morning, we will be outside. Remember: this is a family-friendly event, so please dress appropriately.
Otherwise, fun clothes to go with your skeleton face would be great! We will walk to the light rail together, this is our "warm up" parade through the neighborhood.
Lightrail schedule: http://www.vta.org/routes/rt901
If you want to meet us there, park near Cesar Chavez park. There is street parking as well as several lots:
http://parksj.org/ (San Carlos St. garage is in the middle of meeting place and SJSU.)

Gathering and Procession
Meet up at 11:00am, Procession begins at noon
City View Plaza  |  125 S. Market St. (across from Cesar Chavez park), San Jose, CA  95113
Dancers and Musicians: wear a lively costume, paint or wear skeleton face, bring percussion (or finger cymbals), and happy spirits. Everyone is welcome! Shimmy, shake, or drum through Downtown SJ with the community.

This is the order for the procession
1. Mictlan. Aztec dancers
2. TFA signs. Two big puppets (2)
TFA members – Maria. Oliva, Marisol & others.
3. Panaderos & Quetzales de San Jose.
4. “Isidro y Tomas” Two big puppets (2)
5. Los Lupeños Juvenil.
6. La Viejada. Ultima Parada.
7. Stilt walkers & Clowns not Bombs.
8. Chikyboom & dancers.Two big puppets (2)
9. Belly dancers - Raks & Khalil
10. Akoma Arts
11. Filipino Dancers - Helen Moreno
12. Folklorico Nacional. E.R. Two small puppets (2)
13. Dragon and lion dance group
Two big puppets (2)
14. Folklorico Luna y sol - Itza Sanchez
15. Mariachi Alma de México
Two big puppets (2)

Festival Destination
SJSU Library  |  150 E. San Fernando St. @4th, San Jose, CA  95112
Procession ends here, performance opportunity for our group. San Jose’s longest running Dia de los Muertos event. Teatro, music, arts/crafts, food, and vendors. Free, family-friendly fun!
We will have a bit of time to shop around and enjoy the festivities. If you are performing, let's meet up at 1:00 to plan and circle up. Our show will consist of pre-recorded music as well as live drumming.
(pre-recorded music) 1-Talakik (short version, ends at "mummy turn"), 2-Elvis Drum Solo (from "mummy", bring arms down in a shimmy, then begin with a "happy day" circle.
(live drumming, Mike Fair leads) 3-Balady (intro 8 "high" balady rhythm where we walk with 3/4 shimmy, arms overhead, no zills), choreo of ZillCapella with zills to the halfway point. 4-Taqsim (free dance for guest dancers), 5-Fast Rhythm (all do to audience to dance).

This is the performance schedule
12:00 noon Procession from Cesar Chavez Park to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library
12:30 p Mictlan Danza y Cultura pre-ceremony dance and altar blessing
12:45 p (Pending: Opening Ceremonies Judge Katherine Lucero, Deputy Consul Javier Aguilar of the Consulate of Mexico in San Jose) and Mayor Sam Liccardo
1:00 p Party of Calacas – All performers dance: “La Bamba”. TFA, SJMAG & Panaderos y Quetzales de SJ / “Chicana & Afro skeletons”
1:20 p Mariachi Alma de Mexico
1:30 p Folklorico Nacional Mexicano & El Grito de la Cultura
1:45 p Kaisahan Filipino Dance Company
1:55 p Raks al Khalil and Friends – Belly Dancers
2:05 p Clowns Not Bombs
2:15 p Dragon & Lion Dance Vietnamese Group
2:25 p La Viejada. Colibri y Danzas Unidas.
2:35 p Folklorico “Los Lupeños Juvenil”
2:50 p Akoma Arts – African Drum and Dance
3:05 p Grupo Folklorico Luna y Sol – SJSU
3:20 p “Isidro y Tomas”
3:30 p “4 en 3” Chicano Music.
Dance All performers

Post Event Lunch/Drinks
Chaco’s Restaurant |  88 S. 4th St., San Jose, CA 95112
Always a great way to cap off a fun day! Bring cash. We have a reservation for 2:30pm in the back room

DDLM 2017 flyer (pdf)


Other Dia de los Muertos happenings
10/21 - Dia San Jose at St. James Park in Downtown San Jose

10/22 - 20th Annual Dia de los Muertos San Jose, CA (this is us!)
10/28 - Dia de los Muertos Community Day, San Jose Museum of Art
10/29 - Dia de los Muertos Festival, Fruitvale, CA (near Oakland)
10/28-29 - La Ultima Parada, Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose, CA

11/2 - Dia de los Muertos Parade and Altars, Mission District San Francisco

Check out images from past events:
images, Dia de los Muertos 2013
images, Dia de los Muertos 2012
images, Dia de los Muertos 2011
images, Dia de los Muertos 2010
images, Dia de los Muertos 2009

Bahira's images, DDLM09 (and scroll)
images, Dia de los Muertos 2008
images, Dia de los Muertos 2007
images, Dia de los Muertos 2006
images, Dia de los Muertos 2005
images, Dia de los Muertos 2004

Paint your skeleton face! examples

If you are "in", please contact Patrice/Khajulah: patricekhajulah@yahoo.com | 408-279-8524