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Santa Cruz procession celebrates Dia de Los Muertos

In Santa Cruz, members of Barrios Unidos celebrated Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) today with a drum ceremony at Holy Cross Cemetery followed by a procession to the Barrios headquarters on Soquel Avenue. The holiday has Mexican and indigenous roots and honors friends and family members who have died. In today’s celebration, some participants wore the traditional white paint on their faces, and boys burned sages and spread its smoke.

As reported in The Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“Every year we have this procession for the Day of the Dead to honor those who have entered the spirit world,” said Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, executive director of Barrios Unidos.

At the headquarters of the Barrios, people watched traditional dancers, celebrated with food and drinks, and put up photos of deceased loved ones.

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