Sunday, November 05, 2006
Feelin' Closer to Mexico EVERY Day!
Today JZboy and I traveled over to the annual Dia de los Muertos Festival in the Fruitvale District of Oakland.
It was a gorgeous, blue skied day...just perfect for a street festival. And, it was HUGE. There were TONS of people - many were in their Sunday finest!
The sights, sounds, smells and celebratory energy were incredible. A group of Aztec Dancers captivated us with their feathered headdresses and costumes adorned with skulls. We inhaled their smudgy sage smoke as they moved in unison to soulfully pounded drums. What a sight. Here is a glimpse of the feathered finery:
There were so many incredible altars made by families and various local organizations. It was a bit emotional at times looking at these very personal and political creations. Homage was paid to Frida, Cesar, Grandma & Grandpa...very beautifully, I might add. Here are a couple of altars that I found especially vibrant and moving:
I wish that I could attach some soundbites of the diverse musical bits that we experienced. There was the incredible drumming, some fun Mariachi Bands (my heart breaks a little when I see those guys in their matching suits) and our ears almost bled walking past the poorly calibrated sound systems blasting highly distorted tunes from the local Mexican Radio station.
The afternoon was capped off perfectly when we happened upon the Ballet Folklorico dancers. Nice music - great style.
This afternoon really got us really excited about our vacation to Mexico!!!!!
Arriba! Arriba! Andale Pues!!