Come Join Birmingham’s DAY OF THE DEAD Celebration Saturday, November 2nd

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Come on out and join Bare Hand‘s 11th Annual  DAY OF THE DAD celebration in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, November 2nd.  Head inside to check out the full details for and directions to this exciting local event right here in the Ham and we’ll see you there!

From the Press Release:

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Oct 17, 2013 – Bare Hands Inc presents its 11th Annual Day of the Dead Festival (Dia de los Muertos numero once) on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 4pm until 11pm. To accommodate increasing attendance, the event site now includes both sections of 1st Avenue South between Richard Arrington Jr Blvd and 22nd Street South in addition to the fenced lot at 2115 1st Avenue South and adjacent alley. The event is rain or shine. No pets, personal food or beverages allowed.

Local organizations, businesses and volunteers provide in-kind services and financial donations so that the festival is able to charge a small admission price of $10 per adult, $3 per child 12 to 7 years of age, and free for children 6 years and under. Traditional remembrance altars, a procession, music, dancing and family-oriented activities will bring to life the streets of downtown Birmingham. Crafts are free and designed for all ages from 4pm until 7:30pm. Food, beverages, t-shirts, masks, art, and calvera face-painting will be available for purchase. Some of the proceeds from the event help support Bare Hands’ After School Art Club at the Downtown YWCA.

What is Day of the Dead? It is a vibrant, colorful, joyful commemoration of lost loved ones which originated in Mexico centuries ago. It is similar to what we in the southern U.S. call Decoration Day. It combines music, storytelling, food, family, friends, flowers and memorials all in honor of those who have gone before. The festival in Birmingham honors the Day of the Dead and incorporates other memorial traditions such as the New Orleans Jazz Funeral. Through this event Bare Hands seeks to build community and cultural understanding through a cross-cultural, multi-cultural celebration unique in the Southeast.

This year, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement, the festival’s main memorial altar is devoted to civil rights martyrs. Artist, Craig Legg, is creating this main altar which will feature the names and photos of 41 recognized civil rights martyrs, spanning the years 1955-1968 from all over the Southeast. “We were very happy when Craig said he wanted to dedicate our main altar space in this way. This year of 50 years forward seems the perfect time to acknowledge the tremendous sacrifice of those killed in the struggle.” said Wendy Jarvis, Executive Director Bare Hands Inc.

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