Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2016
Open to the Belly Dance Community, Friends and Family
Join the Procession and Support this Multicultural Event.
Have a Lot of Fun and Celebrate Life!
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!

Get the flyer (pdf)

In a nutshell, itís a whole day of fun
We gather at Patrice and Russí 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.

Get the 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.



8:00-10:30am - Face Painting and Snacks at Patrice N Russí Home
Arrive early for face painting (please don't come at the last minute for face painting).
On the morning of the parade, we will host face painting at our house. Please come early and enjoy coffee, Mexican hot chocolate, and pan dulce (sweet bread) while we paint our skeleton faces and get ready. Costuming is open, belly dance attire would be great if you plan to perform, but keep in mind this is a family friendly program. Otherwise, fun clothes to go with your skeleton face would be great!

10:30am - Travel to Downtown San Jose Via Light Rail (bring $ fare each way)
We'll leave around 10:30am, walk a few blocks to the Virginia light rail station to the procession gathering place.
Lightrail 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/

11:00am - Gathering Time - City View Plaza (across from Cesar Chavez Park)
125 South Market Street | San Jose, CA 95113 -
Downtown San Jose (Across from SJ Museum of Art)
The gathering place and beginning of the procession is at San Jose City View Plaza (formerly Park Center Plaza) on the corner of Market and San Fernando Streets (between Bank of America and Wells Fargo), please be there no later than 11:30am. We'll wait here and our group will be placed within the line up.

12:00pm Procession Begins
This is not only a procession but, a performance -- drum, zill, smile, laugh, dance, sing, coax on lookers to join the procession. We'll shimmy and shake for a few blocks until we arrive at SJSU, (corner of 4th and San Fernando), we will end up at Caret Plaza directly behind the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, this is the festival location.

12:45pm - Opening Ceremony at SJSU, Behind the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Claret Plaza
The Aztec dancers open the ceremonies and dress the community altar.
Bring your family for a fun time. There will be a Children's Culture Camp where they can make some crafts. They offer wonderful food and drinks, items for purchase, stay for multi-cultural performances.
MLK Library: 150 E. San Fernando Street, San Josť, CA 95112, (408) 808-2000

2:15 - Performance Opportunity for Belly Dancers and Drummers
Here is the line up for the performance part of the day, we get 15" total. Please enjoy the festival for a bit, but be sure you are back on track with us no later than 1:45pm. so we can re-group and walk through the formation. Raks al Khalil and the Rakettes are going to do two short choreographies for about 5", then we shall switch it up to live drumming where any of our other dancer guests will be able to dance, then we will end it by going out to the audience for just short time.

Eat at Chaco's Restaurant, post performance (bring $)
87 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113 (408) 293-4321 https://chachosrestaurant.com/

After our performance (TBD) and to end the festivities, please join us for lunch at a local restaurant with a great menu and drink specials. Chaco's is located a couple of blocks from the library. Bring some extra money, this is always a great way to end the day. Afterwards we take the light rail together back to my place, finish any pan dulce, and chill.

Get the flyer (pdf)


Other Dia de los Muertos happenings

10/22 - Dia San Jose at St. James Park in Downtown San Jose

10/23 19th Annual Dia de los Muertos San Jose, CA (this is us!)
10/29 - Dia de los Muertos Community Day, San Jose Museum of Art

10/30 - Dia de los Muertos Festival, Fruitvale, CA (near Oakland)
10/30 - 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