Día de Muertos

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In the lead-up to Day of the Dead (November 1 and 2), elaborate ofrendas (altars) show up everywhere. The huge annual street parade, Desfile de Día de Muertos, has been held since 2016 (initially in response to the faux parade in James Bond film Spectre) with over a thousand costumed dancers and performers joining giant calavera (skeleton) puppets along Reforma to the Zócalo.

Some of the best ofrendas can be seen at Anahuacalli, Museo Dolores Olmedo, the Zócalo, Plaza Santo Domingo in el Centro (replacing Ciudad Universitaria since 2016), and in the neighborhood of San Andrés Mixquic in the extreme southeast of the Distrito Federal.