Dia de los Muertos Louisville on FIRST FRIDAY

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550 S 4th St

550 South 4th Street

Louisville, KY 40202

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11/03/2017 - 6:00pm


Nov. 3, 2017 - Nov 2, 2018 - Nov. 1, 2019

(LOUISVILLE, KY) – The 6th Annual Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead Celebration on South Fourth Street will take place on Friday, Nov. 3 rd from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM near East Chestnut Street. The annual Day of the Dead celebration is presented by El Jimador Tequila and will take place in conjunction with the Republic Bank First Friday Hop. New this year is FREE parking provided by Fourth Street Live!, the location for the “Official After Party” which will take place from 10:00 PM – 11:30 PM and will feature the “World’s Largest Toast.” The 4,000-year- old holiday, most popularly observed by Mexico and Latin America, offers an opportunity to honor and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed on with music, art, altars, gifts, and celebration. The family-friendly celebration is hosted by the South Fourth Street District Association, with Presenting Sponsor El Jimador Tequila. Additional sponsorships include the University of Louisville’s Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Program, Fourth Street Live!, Capital Construction Services, LLC, al Dia America, Design Web, the Latin American Film Festival, Metro PCS and the Louisville Downtown Partnership (LDP).

In keeping with cultural tradition, a number of temporary altars will be installed along South Fourth Street. Father David Sanchez of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Butchertown will once again be blessing the event as well as the altars, and will be leading a candlelit procession at 9:00 PM on South Fourth Street. Traditional style Calaveras (sugar skull) face painting, sugar candy art making, coloring, tissue flower construction stations, and a photographer will be available providing an opportunity to create gifts and tributes for departed loved ones at the public altar. The public altar will be available on the night of the event for anyone to place objects, photos, art, or candles for their deceased loved ones from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. “Our Annual Day of the Dead celebration grows each year as word gets around Louisville about how much fun it is to embrace this rich cultural tradition, complete with Mexican entertainment, great ethnic food, and beverages,” said Karen Welch, co-owner of CRAFT(s) Gallery and Mercantile on South Fourth Street. “In Mexico, the annual celebration lasts for several days and usually takes place between October 31st and November 2nd, but we’re doing it a bit later as we wanted to celebrate the holiday in conjunction with the Republic Bank First Friday Hop,” added Welch.

The event will feature plenty of hands-on workshops, including face painting, sugar skull decorating, paper flower making, and much more. Workshops will be staffed with volunteers from U of L’s LALS Program, as well as students from the Kentucky College of Art and Design. Party goers are encouraged to dress in costumes, especially as Frida Kahlo, or their favorite “Calaveras” (skeleton). Free entertainment includes Caminos Flamenco Dancers, Children and Folkloric dancers, Appalatin – a popular, local Latin musical group, Salsa Rhythms Band, Chad Balster – a special fire performer, and street performers from Cirque Louis. Mi Cocina will feature Mexican food, beer, and El Jimador tequila offerings for sale on the street. Cellar Door Chocolates will also be featuring a traditional hot chocolate, a selection of Day of the Dead themed spicy chocolates, and decorated sugar skull shaped white chocolates. The event is free, open to the public, and family friendly.

November 3rd Day of the Dead Louisville
– Set up and decoration begins at 5 p.m. volunteers wanted!
Coloring group and coloring contest at Cellar Door then hang up your work in the public altar and gallery!
Featuring Mexican Beer Wine and el Jimador Tequila cocktails! Join us for the Dia de los Muertos toast at 8pm and 10pm!

Fun starts at 6pm and goes through 10:00 p.m. Then over to 4th Street live for the free concert and toast!
– 5:00 – Street Gallery, Public Altars and Vendor Alley opens
– 5:30 – Children’s coloring contest with Republic Bank First Friday Hop
– 5:30 – Free children’s Calavera face painting with LALs, University of Louisville’s Latin American and Latino Studies, Kentucky College of Art and Design and UofL Hispanic/Latino Initiatives
– 5:30 to 7pm – Literary Calaveritas, basically improv and limericks, you make up a funny obituary about someone who is not yet dead. There will also be Sugar Skull decoration and Day of the Dead decorations and altars with Craft Gallery & Mercantile, Regalo Gifts, Gifthorse, Block Party Handmade Boutique, The Mysterious Rack Kentucky and more
– 5:45 – Chocolate Caliente Mexicano at Cellar Door Chocolates
– 5:45 – Costume photo booth with Design Web
– 6:00 – México Lindo Children Folkloric Dancers
– 7:00 – Camino Flamenco Dancers
– 7:30 – Calavera Catrina face painting and Henna
– 8:00 – Father David Sánchez of St. Joseph Catholic Church – Louisville KY to bless the street and public altars and lead a candle lit procession
– 8:15 – Appalatin
– 9:15 – Salsa Rhythms
- 10:00 - Official After party at 4th Street Live! Featuring the photo location for the worlds largest Day of the Dead toast!
– CirqueLouis and fire dancers will be on the street performing throughout the night.

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La milenaria tradición del Día de los Muertos continua expandiéndose y cruzando fronteras. Este año durante el conocido First Friday Hop (primer viernes del mes) en el que las galerías y tiendas del área de 4th Street abren sus puertas, también se celebrará el Día de los Muertos, con comida, bailes tradicionales, música y convivencia en el distrito sur de la 4a. calle conocido como el South Fourth Street, que comprende desde Muhammad Ali hasta la Broadway, sobre la 4a. calle.

La tradición, celebrada en México y en los países de América Central, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, el Salvador y Costa Rica, también incluye a otros países latinos como Brasil y Ecuador. La misma es una oportunidad de aprender sobre la cultura de la creciente población inmigrante de la región y de honrar la memoria de los seres queridos que han fallecido.

Además varios altares temporales serán instalados sobre la 4ta calle. El Sacerdote David Sánchez de la Iglesia Católica de San José en Buchertown, hará una bendición al inicio del evento y encabezará una procesión con candelas a las 8:30 de la noche en South Fourth Street.
Calaveras de azúcar, pintada de caritas, dulces tradicionales y flores con papel de seda y un fotógrafo, se utilizará para hacer recuerdos y tributos para los seres queridos en los altares públicos.

La noche de la celebración se invita al público a colocar sus recuerdos, fotos y candelas en los altares, de 5:30 pm a 9 p.m.

De acuerdo a las circunstancias de cada lugar en donde la celebración del Día de los Muertos se ha ido extendiendo, la misma se va adaptando. En Louisville la celebración que también se lleva a cabo en otros lugares de la ciudad, como en UofL, La Casita Center y en galerías de arte, se hace en diferentes fechas, no necesariamente siguiendo las fechas tradicionales que inician del 31 de octubre hasta el 2 de noviembre. La celebración de la 4ta calle se llevará a cabo el viernes 3 de noviembre en concordancia con la celebración del primer viernes de mes que se lleva a cabo en ese distrito comercial.

Se invita al público a vestirse con disfraces tradicionales, especialmente Frida Kahlo y esqueletos. El evento es posible gracias al auspicio de Republic Bank y varias organizaciones que incluyen al Programa LALS de UofL, y estudiantes del Colegio de Arte y Diseño de Kentucky y es organizada con el apoyo de Louisville Downtown Partnership.

La celebración es abierta al público e incluirá arte callejero, así como música en vivo de bandas locales.
Los negocios del área abrirán sus puertas durante el evento ofreciendo ofertas con temas de la ocasión. - Al Día en América

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