Thursday, October 16, 2014

Honor the Dearly Departed with an Altar at Muertos Fest

Posted on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 2:57 PM

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Courtesy of Muertos Fest

Muertos Fest is coming up fast, and the deadline to enter the altar contest is already upon us. [Disclosure: The Current is a sponsor of this year's Muertos Fest.]

The Día de los Muertos celebration will take place at La Villita on Saturday, November 1. Community members are encouraged to team up and erect altars honoring their deceased loved ones to be displayed at the festival. If perhaps you do not have any deceased loved ones to honor and shower with ofrenda, consider this: there are cash prizes for the best altars. First place in the altar contest wins $2,000, second place wins $1,000, and there are $500 awards to be won by one fan favorite and one student collaboration.

Now, I am not suggesting you invent a make-believe loved one who has passed, but I believe you have license to get creative with whose spirit you choose to honor. For example, why not construct an altar for Selena, decked out with white roses and complete with her fave Pizza Hut pizza or tacos from Jack in the Box? Just a thought.

The deadline to enter the altar contest is Friday, October 17 at 5:00pm. Those interested can apply here. A $30 refundable deposit secures a 9’ x 8.5’ space in which to display your creation, but you must provide all your own materials. Set-up takes place on Friday, October 31, and altars must be completed by noon on the day of the festival. They will remain on display until 10:00pm the following night.

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