A Multicultural Event to Honor our Loved Ones
Open to the Belly Dance Community, Friends, and Family
Sunday, October 21st (rain or shine!)

The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade and performance will take place Sunday, October 21st in Downtown San Jose. Join belly dancers and drummers as we parade down the streets with a gathering of multicultural dancers and musicians, the procession ends at a festival on SJSU campus where there will be a performance opportunity! 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 2018 flyer (pdf)

In a nutshell, it’s a whole day of fun
We gather at Patrice and Russ’ place 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 (as well as 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 2018 flyer (pdf)

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

For face painting: a free standing table top mirror, your favorite brushes for makeup.
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  |  408-279-8524
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 (NB Sunday schedule) 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 12:00
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.
2018 Parade Line Up:

1. Mictlan & Aztec dancers
2. Giant Puppet (Rick)
a. Quetzales de San José,
b. México en la Piel-­Hollister &
c. Folklórico Nacional
d. Panaderos musicians.
4. TFA
signs. + Two big puppets (2)
TFA members – Ballet Calacas & skeletons.
5. Grupo Folklórico Colibrí.
6. Asociacion de Tuxpanenses del Norte de California.
7. Folklorico “Los Lupeños Juvenil”
8. La Viejada Ultima Parada.
9. Kaisahan Filipino Dance Company
10. Stilt walkers & Clowns not Bombs.
11. Chiquy Boom & Danza Venezuela.
12. Two big puppets (2)
13. Raks al Khalil and Friends-­Belly dancers
14. Akoma Arts.
15. Two small puppets (2)
16. Dragon and lion dance group
17. Two big puppets (2)
18. Folklorico Luna y sol
19. Mariachi Juvenil Corazón de Jalisco. Israel
20. 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. www.sjmag.org

Performance Info (TBD, old info below)
12:45p Opening Ceremonies:
1:00 p Party of Calacas – All performers dance, 5 groups
1:30 p Mariachi Juvenil Corazón Jalisciense. 10 minutes
1:40 p Asociación de Tuxpanenses del Norte de California. 5minutes
1:45 p Folklorico Nacional Mexicano & El Grito de la Cultura. 10 minutes
1:55 p “Chicana Vs. Afroamerican. TFA & SMAG. 5 minutes
2:00 p Danza Venezuela Bay Area. 5 minutes
2:05 p Kaisahan Filipino Dance Company. 10 minutes
2:15 p Raks al Khalil and Friends – Belly Dancers. 10 minutes
2:25 p Clowns Not Bombs. 10 minutes
2:35 p Dragon & Lion Dance Vietnamese Group. 10 minutes
2:45 p Grupo Folklorico Luna y Sol – SJSU. 10 minutes
2:55 p Ensamble Folklórico “Colibrí”. 10 minutes
3:05p “La Viejada de San José”/ 10 minutes
3:15p Akoma Arts – African Drum and Dance 15 minutes
3:30 p “CUATROcon3” “Baile de Calacas Chicano Music”. 30 minutes.

If you are performing, let's meet up at 1:00 to plan and circle up, we must be on cue at 1:45pm
Our show will consist of live drumming (more info to come).

Post Event Lunch/Drinks
Chacho’s Restaurant |  87 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113  |  https://www.sanjose.org/listings/chachos
Always a great way to cap off a fun day! Bring cash.

DDLM 2018 flyer (pdf)


Other Dia de los Muertos happenings:

10/20 - Dia San Jose at St. James Park in Downtown San Jose

10/21 - 20th Annual Dia de los Muertos San Jose, CA (this is us!)

10/28 - La Ultima Parada, Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose, CA

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

11/3 - Dia de los Muertos Community Day, San Jose Museum of Art

11/4 - Dia de los Muertos Festival, Fruitvale, CA (near Oakland)

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