Saturday, October 29, 2005

Parade of the Dead

File this under "Things We Miss Out On by not Living Closer to Town": Pueblo's Day of the Dead parade. (Registration required: Bug Me Not is your friend.)

The fact that it happened on a Friday, three days early, merely shows how acculturated el día de los muertos is becoming; it's about as truly Mexican anymore around here as St. Patrick's Day is truly Irish. And of course the latter never was such a big deal in Ireland itself until it bounced back from North America.

You will know that the Day of the Dead is truly Americanized when retail merchants advertise special deals: "Open late on Nov. 2! Everything 20 percent off!" And the traditionalists will moan, "It's supposed to be about family! It's religious!"



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