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DEAD MAN'S PARTY

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DEAD MAN'S PARTY

Cindy Maddera

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Earlier last week, I got word of a Day of The Dead Celebration at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. Best of all, I heard that it was free. So I printed out two tickets and this is how Chris and I spent our Sunday afternoon. We started talking about how this was something we just wouldn't have done in Oklahoma. There was too much hassle involved like finding a parking space, not to mention the cost of the event itself. Suddenly we're in a position where, if we wanted to, we could walk into the museum any time we want. Parking in the underground parking garage is $5, but worth every penny. And that's the only expense.

For free, we participated in an alter dedication and honored our loved ones that have passed away. We witnessed traditional Mexican dances and listened to a real Mariachi band. And then we were treated to a parade of art students festooned in crazy costumes.

Ceremony
Dancing Feet
Mariachi
Procession

And then we found (a really good) place for Mexican food and ate our weight in chips and salsa.