Dancing horses, a mariachi band, Aztec dancers, and a couple hundred community members parade through Tieton Square

Tieton Arts & Humanities’ 8th annual Día de los Muertos Community Celebration is one of vibrant colors, remembrance of lost loved ones, altars, sugar skulls, papel picado, and images of La Catrina. On Sunday, October 29 with 700 people in attendance, the event hosted arts and craft activities, Day of the Dead art installations, dancing, performances, and the first ever Día de los Muertos parade around Tieton Square!

Faces are painted, pan de muerto is shared, and celebrating ensues only to remind us that “We bring death (our skeletons) with us every day. It is our companion. Let’s celebrate each moment of our life to the fullest, let’s allow our spirit of life to guide us during our journey on earth. The colors, the music, the dances, the sugar skulls, gives death a sweet and fun meaning,” says TA&H program coordinator Aurora Peña Torres. See photos from the event by Yakima Herald Republic.

The event is made possible with support of Washington Arts Commission, Gabriel Cosmetics, Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic, CPC International, DML Insurance, and Community Health of Central Washington.

Interested in supporting this project? Your donations make a difference in the community. You can donate to Tieton Arts & Humanities here.