The Dia de los Muertos event at the Hollywood Forever cemetery was one of the coolest cultural events I have ever been to. There were AMAZING altars built and assembled by awesomely creative people, delicious food, vendors vending tons of things I wanted to buy, and some sweet artwork as well.
I am definitely planning to attend this event again next year. And we will for sure be going back a bit wiser on how to best navigate the whole thing. We live about 45 minutes to an hour away from Hollywood, and we left our apartment at about 6:15pm. We didn't make it inside of the cemetery until about 9pm. We got a little bit of traffic on the freeway, but where it really got crazy was probably a quarter of a mile from our exit. It took about a half an hour just to make it to the stop light at the exit. The traffic on the main street in front of the cemetery was NUTS. By the time we made it through that mess, we still had to cruise for a parking spot, which was about a mile away from the venue. SOOOOO... next year, I think we'll leave a lot earlier in the afternoon, approach the location from a different exit, and purchase our tickets in advance. We had meant to buy our tickets online before we left, but sales had closed the day of.
Despite all of the craziness, we had SUCH a good time! Let's check out some sweet photos now...
Here's Liz and I with the calaca bride. She has a sort of headdress made out of feathers. So pretty.
Liz is really into butterflies lately, so we thought this was awesome :-)
A sacred heart illuminated by lights. Love it.
OMG! It's like the Aztec calendar that used to hang in my dad's garage! Actually, I think it's still hanging there. lol
I LOVE this photo, altar, everything! I really love these sacred hearts, and the tissue paper, and lights highlighting it, are just so beautiful. There was a woman just sitting and posing when I took this photo, which just made the photo that much more awesome.
Sigh. The HARD Day of the Dead poster. These people need to learn how to better plan and run their events.
However, my shirt was SO SWEET! I cut a skull into the back of it...
...And I finally got to use this Paper Source stencil that I bought like a month ago! I used
Tulip Soft Fabric Paints that I bought at Michael's. It was super simple and turned out even better than I had hoped. Oh! And I cut and tied the bottom for a bit of fringe. :-)
And here I am in my sweet shirt and badass bright leggings (courtesy of H&M),
Bud Light Lime-a-Rita, and Major Lazer! So even if the event was lacking, my outfit was cool, the drinks were decent, and the music was the business.
I can't wait until Day of the Dead next year! I'm hoping to maybe build an altar and participate in an event or exhibit! :-) We shall see!