Denton’s Day of the Dead festivities come alive

Denton’s Day of the Dead festivities come alive

Denton’s Day of the Dead festivities come alive
October 28
00:22 2014

Byron Thompson / Senior Staff Photographer

Devin Dakota / Staff Photographer

Caitlyn Jones / Features Editor

Ghouls, goblins and ghosts gathered around Hickory and Industrial streets on Saturday to celebrate the Denton Day of the Dead Festival.

In its fourth year, the free festival combines aspects of a fall harvest festival, the Día de los Muertos festival in Latin America and, of course, Halloween. Dentonites were treated to food, arts and crafts, music and a pumpkin patch.

In addition, attendees could participate in a hot salsa cook-off, twilight parade and the crowd favorite coffin boxcar races.

The Denton-based musical “Cirque Du Horror” taunted and terrified the massive crowd gathered on the Square.

Proceeds from these events were donated to a local charity.

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Hundreds of Dentonites and vistors gather on Industrial Street to celebrate Denton’s 4th annual Day of the Dead Festival. The festival is a celebration of arts, music and autumn. Many local businesses and independent contestants participated in a soap-box derby with cars that were made to look like coffins. Photo by Byron Thompson – Senior Staff Photographer

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Local screenprinting company Pan Ector prints a variety of Day of the Dead T-shirts. The themes range from coffin races to original festival designs. Pan Ector has become a staple for several events and festivals throughout the year, including Pint Night at Lou’s and Oaktopia. Photo by Byron Thompson – Senior Staff Photographer

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Official flag girl for the coffin races walks down to the finish line on Oak Street on Saturday afternoon. The Seniors in Motion car won first place. Photo by Byron Thompson – Senior Staff Photographer

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Two soap-boxcars race down Oak Street during the Day of the Dead Festival on Saturday. Photo by Byron Thompson – Senior Staff Photographer

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“The Great Swashini” tells fortunes at the Day of the Dead festival in downtown Denton on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Devin Dakota – Staff Photographer

Featured Image: Vendor “Gitane’s Treasures” sells skull jewelry during the Day of the Dead festival in downtown Denton on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Devin Dakota – Staff Photographer

 Video by NT Daily TV’s Samuel Oviedo

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