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It is inspiring, beautiful and joyous. Taking time to honor those who have left the earth is a good experience, and in this case it involves music from Mexico, poetry and performance.” Amy Kimberly, CCAH

Carbondale’s First Fridays are always a sight to behold and yesterdays El Dia De Los Muertos Celebration did not disappoint as more than 250 people came out to honor loved ones that have died. The Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities partnered with Thunder River Theatre for the ninth annual Day of the Dead Celebration. It was standing room only for the Theatre performances featuring Mexican folk music duo La Gata Negra, a puppet show by students of the Waldorf School, and TRTC actors reading Mayan and original poetry.

After the performances a procession ensued from Thunder River Theatre through the Downtown streets finally ending at the Third Street Center. Everyone then enjoyed the beautiful and intriging alters created by community members and incredible Day of the Dead artwork. The evening ended with a traditional Mexican feast featuring homemade tamales and traditional food.

The evening was truly an important multicultural experience which brought together a diverse group of Carbondale citizens to share in a celebration of those loved ones who may have departed this earth, but live on in our hearts. I was reminded that everyday is a gift to be honored and to celebrate life one day at a time.

Que Viva,

Mark Kloster
Alumni Coordinator