People who happen to be driving down Heights Boulevard today will see a surprising sight — Aztec dancers in full costume, including tall, feathered headdresses, leading the Día de los Muertos procession hosted by Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery. Participants will be carrying a giant skull (no, a really giant skull) and large crosses decorated with flowers. The dancers, from the Danza Azteca Teokalli troupe, might be among the most interesting sights outside, but the day's real attractions are the personal altars that have been built inside the gallery. Tabletop displays of photographs, candles, flowers, papel picado, food and other personal items have been created by several Houstonians in tribute to loved ones who have died. Did we mention there's going to be live music and food (Day of the Dead breads and homemade tamales) at the gallery once the procession arrives?
If you can't get to the procession, drop by the gallery to see the displays and pick up supplies for your own altar. The Día de los Muertos procession and reception is at 5 p.m. on October 27. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Tuesdays-Sundays; Sat., Oct. 27, 5 p.m. Starts: Oct. 16. Continues through Nov. 3, 2012