In Mexico City, Face Paint and Fanfare Pave the Way for Day of the Dead
The city was awash with colorful festivities for the annual Grand Procession of the Catrinas, leading up to Day of the Dead, Nov. 1-2.
A woman dressed up as "Catrina," a Mexican character also known as "The Elegant Death," takes part in the annual Grand Procession of the Catrinas, part of upcoming Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico City on Oct. 22, 2017.
The Calavera Catrina, or Dapper Skeleton, is the most representative image of the Day of the Dead, an indigenous festivity that honors ancestors and occurs from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2. The figure of a skeleton wearing an elegant broad-brimmed hat was first illustrated as a satirical engraving by artist Jose Guadalupe Posada sometime between 1910 and his death in 1913.
A young woman gets her face painted in the style of Mexico's iconic Catrina ahead of the start of the parade.
Women march through colorful smoke along the parade route.
Participants celebrate throughout Mexico City.
Revelers dance along Reforma Avenue.
A couple dances during the parade as other participants watch.
People disguised as Catrina.
A girl leans against stone benches as she awaits the start of the Grand Procession.
The streets are covered with Catrinas for the Grand Procession.
A woman wears traditional face paint representing death.
A family poses in costume.
People have their faces painted in preparation for the march.
One parade participant hands a flower to another.
People celebrate in preparation for the Day of the Dead.
Participants pose on Reforma Avenue.