Day of the Dead Parade: 2021 Date, Time and Route Revealed

Day of the Dead celebrations take place every year all over Mexico. However, the capital Mexico City has taken the celebration to new levels, and launched a huge parade in 2016.

The parade took inspiration from the 2015 James Bond movie Spectre, which featured thousands of people dressed in skull and skeleton-inspired costumes, walking the streets of Mexico City, and featured a spectacular crowd scene and chase.

The first parade took place in 2016, and has continued each year with the exception of 2020, due to the pandemic.

The 2021 parade is back and Newsweek breaks down what you need to know to enjoy the festivities.

When Is the Day of the Dead Parade?

The Day of the Dead parade takes place every year on the same date: November 2.

The idea of a day or celebration commemorating those who have died has ancient origins as well as the Catholic All Souls' Day, which is a day of remembrance and prayer for the dead.

The festival lasts over a period of days, originally also taking All Hallow's Eve and All Saints' Day into consideration, and runs from October 28, commemorating different deaths over the course of the holiday.

However, the parade itself is a one-day affair on November 2.

What Time Does the Day of the Dead Parade Start?

Much like other major street festivals like the Notting Hill Carnival in London or many 4th of July parades, it is an event which takes place all through the day.

At time of publication, details of start time were not available, but Newsweek will update this article with information.

What Is the Route of the Day of the Dead Parade?

The route starts at the Estela de Luz in the Bosque de Chapultepec, and continues along the Paseo de la Reforma.

The floats arrive at the square in the center of Mexico City, the Zócalo, where they stay for much of the rest of the day and night.

As well as floats, there are also performers, street vendors and other entertainers who continue throughout the evening.

Many of those in attendance, either as a performer or as a guest, will be dressed up in traditional Day of the Dead outfits and face paint.

One of the key characters of the event is Catrina, who was a character drawn by 20th-century cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada in the work La Calavera Catrina.

The drawing featured a skeletal woman with a large, feathery hat, which is one of the main outfits worn by those enjoying the festivities.

The skull is a key part of the celebration, with many painting a skull covered in decoration over their own faces.

Day of the Dead parade
A participant dressed as skull dances during a parade as part of the Day of the Dead celebration at Avenida Reforma on October 27, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. 'Dia de los Muertos' is a colorful and diverse tradition in Mexico which combines Catholic and prehispanic beliefs to pray for and remember family and friends who have passed away, starts on October 31st and ends on November 1st. Carlos Tischler/Getty Images