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Day of the Dead parade in Mexico features painted ‘La Catrina’ faces and costumes

Pedro González Castillo/LatinContent/Getty Images
Pedro González Castillo/LatinContent/Getty Images

(MEXICO CITY) — Mexicans get ready to celebrate the El Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, highlighting the character of La Calavera Catrina.

The Catrinas parade is an annual event commemorating the Day of the Dead by locals and visitors.

La Calavera Catrina, or Dapper Skeleton, is the most representative image of the Day of the Dead, an indigenous festivity that celebrates ancestors and includes many humorous or pretty portrayals of skeletons.

The figure of a skeleton wearing an elegant broad-brimmed hat was first done as a satirical engraving by artist Jose Guadalupe Posada sometime between 1910 and his death in 1913.

Jose Guadalupe Posada was famous for his drawings of typical local, folkloric scenes, socio-political criticism and for his illustrations of skeletons or skulls, including La Catrina.

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