SAN ANTONIO --- Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is less than two months away. It's a Mexican holiday that honors loved ones who have passed away. This year, it could be bigger than ever before in San Antonio.

  • Week-long celebration
  • Night parade on the River Walk
  • 5K run and workshops

On Thursday, city and tourism officials announced a brand-new, week-long celebration. More than a dozen floats will kick off the parade and festivities, along with a series of events the whole family can enjoy.

"It’s being invented here, it’s being birthed here," said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

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The Day of the Dead festival will feature pop-up exhibits, a 5K run, and workshops for people to learn about the annual tradition.

"San Antonio is a bi-cultural city," said University of Texas at San Antonio professor Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark. "Our roots are Mexican as is our culture, our food, history and our symbols."


Festival organizers say this year’s event is just a small precursor of what's in store for the future. Next year they plan on hosting a week and a half long celebration with a River Walk night parade with more than 30 floats.

 "I think it’s a natural place to bring it," said Day of the Dead San Antonio President Javier Ruiz-Galindo. "Our history is so intertwined, I think what we’re portraying is celebrate and remember the life of our loved ones."

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