Louisville celebrates Día de los Muertos with annual downtown event

The holiday, celebrated largely in Mexico and the U.S. by people of Mexican descent, is a time to remember and honor those who have died. A key tradition is creating ofrenda, ornate altars for deceased loved ones. Manuel Medina, director of the university of Louisville's Latin American and Latino Studies, said the department helped organize this year’s event and recruited college and Jefferson County Public School students to build the downtown ofrenda.

Mariachi bands and Louisville’s México Linda, a dance group specializing in different styles of folklórico dance, are slated to perform. Also on the lineup is Actors Theatre of Louisville with an excerpt from the new play "La Egoista".

Mayor Greg Fischer will lead a dedication to leaders from the city’s Latino and Hispanic communities who died recently, as well as healthcare workers and others who died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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