Dia de los Muertos impressions

After the band prepped a few days before we were ready for last night's main event. The Dia de los Muertos celebration on Sixth Ave! We gathered at a nearby church where we briefly tuned our instruments before walking to meet the procession. Once Masa was in sight I was impressed at the amount of people out for the celebration. The costumes were gorgeous and papier mache figures stood proud above the crowd. The band started off playing across the street allowing the procession to pass. We couldn't march along due to tuba-related music difficulty but it worked out well. We parked ourselves at various points along the sidewalk and played two or three songs before moving on. Some people even split off from the main process and decided instead to follow us around. We ended up back at Masa for snacks, warm drinks, and mingling. There was a brief speech inside I missed while the band was outside on the deck winding down with a few more tunes. The celebration was wonderful to be a part of and we truly lit up Sixth Ave. with our presence. Can't wait to get the band back together for other events.

I had zero chance to take photos as a musical participant but feel free to email your pics or video links and I'd be happy to share.

posted Nov 3, 2007 under day of the dead, dia de los muertos, sixth ave, tacoma  

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