(November 1, 2015)—Today, New Mexicans gathered in the South Valley to honor the dead and help them along in their spiritual journey. Bright colors danced through the streets as car after car passed by, each one filed to the brim with painted faces. The sounds of music and laughter wafted up through the air as the parade slowly marched on, and youngsters squealed with delight as candy flew from the windows of classic cars decorated lovingly with marigold flowers. Proud car owners participated by dressing their cars up with flowers, sugar skulls and other offerings.
This years theme was “No Somos Los Silenciados”, or “Silence is Death”. Some floats focused on the murders of students in Mexico, while others focused on education and change here in our community. In the end, every voice was heard.
Today New Mexicans came together to honor our loved ones who have moved on to another place, and we’ve honored them with song, laughter, flowers and love. The Albuquerque community shined brightly and it was a beautiful thing to experience.