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2nd Annual Dia de Los Muertos Celebration at the Santa Monica Pier

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You’re invited to our 2nd Annual Dia de Los Muertos Exhibition and Celebration taking place on Tuesday, November 1 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Wednesday, November 2nd from 5:30pm – 9:30pm!

Santa Monica Pier pays tribute to the cultural tradition of Dia de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead– with a two-day public art installation taking honoring people, places, and ideas that are important to Santa Monican’s through free, family-friendly programming. Presented in partnership with the City of Santa Monica, Pico Youth & Family Center, Mariasol, The Albright, Soda Jerks, Rusty’s Santa Monica Pier’s Dia de Los Muertos Celebration is a community-oriented space located inside the Merry Go-Round building, inviting Pier-goers to contribute to the community altar as well as to view the altars made by local artists, Sylvia Sanchez and Daniel Alonso.

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This year, we will also be bringing back Letters of Life, an art installation where we ask members of the community to share their favorite Pier memories and anecdotes of family and friends who have passed. These memories will decorate our space via our digital murals that surround the historic 100-year-old Carousel and will be displayed over the course of our celebration.

Please go to the link to submit your story. https://forms.gle/iSB8Qfq49QqVU2t96

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Tuesday, November 1st | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | Merry Go-Round Building

Guests can stroll through the Merry Go-Round building to view several art installations, including the transformation of the 100-year-old Carousel, which will be draped in marigolds and papel picado! Enjoy the traditional dance of Ballet Folklorico brought to you by local Santa Monica business, Cabeza de Vaca Cultural School, starting at 6:00pm. Stop by Soda Jerks to grab a cup of hot chocolate, amongst their seasonal and traditional offerings. Honor a loved one who has passed and participate in this year’s communal altar by contributing your own personal photograph.* And don’t forget to stop by for a cup

Be sure to stop by Soda Jerks to grab a cup of hot chocolate to enjoy during the two-day celebration, some fresh, house-made tamales at The Albright, and Dia de Los Muertos drink special at Rusty’s.

*We encourage participants to use copies of photographs rather than originals, frames will not be provided. Individuals are responsible for removing their frame(s) at the end of the celebration. SMPC is not liable for any damages that may occur.

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Wednesday, November 2nd | 5:30pm – 9:30pm | 5:30pm Blessing at the west end of Pier | 5:45pm Procession from west end to Merry Go-Round Building | 6:15pm Merry Go-Round Doors Open
6:30pm Ballet Folklorico | 7:00pm Mariachi | 9:15pm Closing Remarks

Guests will experience several art installations and live performances during this celebration. Our event of reflection and remembrance will start with a blessing led by the indigenous community at the far West End of the Pier, face painting hosted by our partner Mariasol, followed by a vibrant and colorful procession led by Aztec dancers from the west end to the Merry Go-Round building. We encourage you to dress up in your favorite Día de Los Muertos fashion to take part in our community walking procession. Doors to the Merry Go-Round will open at 6:15pm and guests will be greeted by several art installations, our community altar, live performances, coloring activity for the kids, and more! Honor a loved one who has passed and participate in this year’s communal altar by contributing your own personal photograph.*

Be sure to stop by Soda Jerks to grab a cup of hot chocolate to enjoy during the two-day celebration, some fresh, house-made tamales at The Albright, and Dia de Los Muertos drink special at Rusty’s.

*We encourage participants to use copies of photographs rather than originals, frames will not be provided. Individuals are responsible for removing their frame(s) at the end of the celebration. SMPC is not liable for any damages that may occur.

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Date

Nov 01 2022
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Time

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Location

200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

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