Milwaukee’s Dia de Los Muertos

The Day of the Dead

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 1 November 2013 – A few hundred people gathered in a drizzling rain Friday afternoon and into the evening to observe Dia de los Muertos — The Day of the Dead — a traditional Mexican holiday to honor those who have died . This was the fourth annual Dia de Los Muertos Parade held in Walker’s Square park in the Walker’s Point neighborhood on the south side of Milwaukee.

Of the 89 recorded homicides in Milwaukee this year, 26 are people 21 years old or younger, with the majority dying from gun shot wounds.

“This is our way of trying to heal Milwaukee,” said Celeste Contreras, the parade organizer. “I like to say we are healing Milwaukee one ofrenda at a time and the ofrednas are offerings that we give to those who have passed away and I hope that people can leave here with a different perspective on death. Anyone can honor someone who has died and we eventually will all die so, hopefully our loved ones will honor us as well.”