The University of Texas at Arlington will participate in the inaugural Día de los Muertos Parade and Festival Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at Dallas City Hall, located at 1500 Marilla St.
The festival will take place from 4 to 11 p.m., while the parade is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.
At the event, UTA representatives will offer information about the University, its admission process, financial aid and student organizations.
“The University is thrilled to be a part of this inaugural Dallas event,” said Michele Bobadilla, assistant provost for Hispanic student success. “I would like to encourage students interested in pursuing higher education to drop by our booth to learn about the endless possibilities that await you at UTA. Make the connection, apply early and become a member of Maverick Country.”
The parade will feature a colorful and joyful procession with Catrinas, horses, dance groups, music, floats and elaborate costumes. The family-friendly festival will include live music, entertainment, food concessions, arts and fireworks.
According to organizers, the event’s mission is to “honor the past, as we celebrate the living.”
Along with UTA, key partners for the event include the city of Dallas, the Consulate-General of Mexico in Dallas, the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Dallas, the Mexican American Historical League and the National Latino Law Enforcement Organization.
Día de los Muertos is officially observed on November 2. As practiced by the indigenous communities of Mexico, it is a celebration of life and death. The tradition has long been observed by U.S. Latino communities and most recently it has grown in popularity with non-Latino audiences.