Above: The Muertos y Marigolds Parade in Albuquerque. Photograph by Gabriella Marks.
Since migrating from Mexico, Día de los Muertos has spread across the Southwest. Traditionally a post-Halloween event that honors loved ones who’ve passed on, it’s also a celebration with parades, sugar skulls, and seriously detailed costumes. In the South Valley of Albuquerque, the free Muertos y Marigolds Parade, November 4, features exquisite face paintings of calavera-style characters, over-the-top floats, art workshops, and materials you can use to build an altar for anyone you wish still walked among us.
Here are a few other celebrations throughout the state:
Día de Muertos Art Fest in Deming, November 3
Día de los Muertos, Mesilla, November 2-4
Día de los Muertos Party, October 31