2nd Annual Día de los Muertos | Day of the Dead
5-10 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 | FREE event
Downtown Stage, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave.
The City of Chandler is proud to partner with Cultura Communications to produce the second annual El Día de los Muertos event in Downtown Chandler.
El Día de los Muertos celebration is a festive Mexican holiday for families and friends to honor their deceased loved ones. Colorful altars (ofrendas) honoring those who have passed and ensuring they are never forgotten, are decorated with colorful flowers, candles, photos, food and more.
The Chandler Fire and Police departments also are creating a beautiful altar to pay tribute to their fallen officers and firefighters. The evening will close with a community procession to celebrate our loved ones.
The FREE event will feature historical exhibits, Hispanic performers, great Mexican food, arts, merchandise, crafts and more.
New this year is a partnership with Party Dogs Productions. The Party Dogs will have more than 25 tasting stations of hand-crafted margaritas, mojitos, craft beers, wines and spirits. Attendees may purchase a ticket for the tasting experience and will receive an embossed tasting glass to use throughout the festival. There also will be a cash bar. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, a Chandler youth dance troupe. Early bird tasting tickets are $28 and available for advanced purchase online.
All times are approximate.
|5:05 p.m.||Danzantes Huitzilin||Aztec Blessing of Event and Dance|
|5:38 p.m.||Ballet Quetzalli AZ||Ballet Folklorico|
|6 p.m.||Mariachi Saguaritos||ASU Youth Mariachi|
|6:30 p.m.||Instituto de Folklorico Mexicano||Youth Ballet Folklorico|
|7:05 p.m.||Str8Up Band||Latin, Classic R&B Band|
|8 p.m.||Fiesta Mexicana||Adult and Youth Ballet Folklorico|
|9 p.m.||Mariachi Pasión||All Female Mariachi|
|9:45 p.m.||Ending Procession||All Event Participants|
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, Inc is a 501(c)(3) organization celebrating the colorful tradition of Mexican folkloric dance. Led by an experienced dancer, Vanessa Ramirez, the group began as a recreational class. As one of very few East Valley folkloric groups currently operating, interest in the dance troupe has grown exponentially. Students range in age from 4 years old to adults and enjoy an exciting and fun way to express themselves through dance and learn about Hispanic heritage.
Ten years ago a group of friends gathered in prayer and devotional gratitude for blessings granted. As the group grew they have become Arizona's most culturally rich Danzante Azteca groups. Named after the hummingbird " for its beautiful movement and flight, Danzantes HUITZILIN offers a ritualistic formation of music instruments, movement and spectacular costumes that were unique to the ancient Americas.
Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company originated in Chicago, IL and was brought to Arizona in 1995. Daniel Martinez, group creator, directs and choreographs the company as an after-school program for youth of all ages; to preserve and promote Mexican dance traditions, ranging from pre-Hispanic to modern.
Instituto De Folklor Mexicano (IFM), a 501(c)3, is a nonprofit organization created to provide an education-based curriculum of Traditional Mexican folklore. The dance program gives dancers from the ages of 3 and up a sense of pride in the beautiful culture, as well as, self-esteem, self-confidence and discipline.
Their vision is to be an institution that provides a substantial amount of attention to cultural activities and programs as an option for the socio-cultural development of the community lacking its identity. They also strive to expand Academic Excellence by creating a diverse, dynamic and safe learning environment by personally involving students with quality, up-to-date, and researched repertoire. Providing learning opportunities that will inspire students' creativity and ingenuity of beautiful Mexican culture.
Mariachi Pasion was formed in April 2005. The group itself started in a music class at Arizona State University. On a whim, and with a whole lot of "chutzpah", 8 girls thought it would be fun to play for a relative.... the rest is "her-story". The group has grown into a 12 member group with the majority of the musicians having worked their way through their respective colleges playing mariachi music.
Their musicians are chemical engineers, educators, financial planners, health care professionals, work in analytics, and are also, currently students at Arizona State University.
The heart of Mariachi Pasion is the group chemistry and the common love and respect for mariachi music. The soul of the group is the desire to perform in an all-female mariachi. Having performed at various private and corporate functions, Mariachi Pasion is proud to share the beauty and emotion of mariachi music!
Directed by Carlos Castanedas, Mariachi Saguaritos is part of the Harmony Project Phoenix. Students ages range between 5 to 11 years old. Even at their very young age, this youth Mariachi has won several awards for outstanding musicianship and perform locally and out of the country.
For the past 25 years (Yes, TWENTY-FIVE!), Str8 Up has been entertaining party-going, music-loving audiences all over the valley and beyond, and they don’t seem ready to stop any time soon. Whether at a casino, a wedding, a club, a backyard birthday or a charity fundraiser, the music of the Str8 Up band has served as a soundtrack for every occasion imaginable.
Part of what makes this band such a beloved staple in the Southwest music scene is that there are NO LIMITS on what they do. They come prepared to give their very best, covering every genre of music one could possibly want to hear; specializing in old school R&B and Latin favorites.