Dia de los Muertos Festival Coming to Houston, Though Parade Cancelled

Dia de los Muertos Festival Coming to Houston, Though Parade Cancelled

November 02 2022

The 2nd Annual Houston Dia de los Muertos Festival is coming on November 5 at Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston. This is an exciting tradition for the City of Houston that is centered on celebrating the living and honoring the dead. No matter who you are or where you are from, all are welcome to attend. Everyone shares the love and grief for our family and friends who left us, and in this Dia de los Muertos, everyone is united.
Bring the family for an exciting day filled with live music, beautiful procession, delicious concessions, fun arts and crafts, and so much more! The festival will begin at 2:00 PM and end at 10:00 PM. Typically, there is a vibrant parade during the evening of the festival where revelers dress in traditional garments and line the streets with floats, dancing and family fun. However, this year, the parade portion of this festival has been cancelled due to the Astros' World Series game in Minute Maid Park that evening.
As we celebrate life, some of our respected leaders of Houston will be honored for their service to this great city, including Benny and Nikki Agouti, 2022 Honorary Chairs; Robert Gallegos, Honorable Council Member and Chairman Emeritus, City of Houston District I; Jorge Franz, Senior VP of Tourism and Industry Relations for Houston First Corporation and President of the Greater Houston CVB, and Honorary Co-Chair;  and Dr. Laura Murillo, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO, and Honorary Co-Chair.
Please join us for a day filled with celebration of culture, life, death, and love! For more information about this event, please visit ddlmusa.com

About Día de Los Muertos USA

Día de Los Muertos USA LLC (producers of the Dallas and Houston Día de Los Muertos Parade and Festival 2021) is a Dallas based organization comprised of Hispanic entrepreneurs and community leaders that not only are embedded with the skill set to manage, organize and implements this newly rediscovered and awaken tradition, but also empowered to preserve the cultural integrity of it. Día de Los Muertos USA is focused on promoting the beauty of this tradition, in the US and abroad, without borders, to honor death, the living and the beauty of life and death, through planned year-round programs, events, and educational initiatives that enhance our community, showcase arts and culture. 

Our mission is “to honor the past, as we celebrate the living,” with the aim to build an inclusive community spirit. 

The 2019 Dallas Parade and Festival selected Trinity River Mission, Avance Dallas, Readers 2 Leaders as official beneficiaries, and has partnered with the  Dallas Mexican American Historical League (DMAHL) and National Latino Law Enforcement Organization (NLLEO). In 2021, the Dallas Festival & Parade selected the Blue Guardian Foundation as primary beneficiary.   In its inaugural year in Houston, the primary beneficiary will be the Barrio Dogs, via the Magnolia Park Dia de Los Muertos Festival, being held on Oct 30, 2021.

After the respected Pandemic cancelation of the 2020 celebrations, event organizers aim to expand this parade and festival to not only Dallas, October 30, 2021, and Houston, Texas on November 6, 2021, but with an expansion plan set for Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. come 2022.

Managing Partner, Mauricio Navarro, migrated to Houston, Texas in 1979 along with his family. Upon graduating from Stratford Sr. High School, he ventured the college route and moved to Dallas, Texas in 1991, where he has served a resident of Dallas ever since.  He still considers Houston his home away from home, and still has family in Houston which he visits often. Mr. Navarro is dedicating this years parade to his Father, Juan Navarro (YOD 1997),  Sister, Alejandra Navarro (YOD 2014) and Mother, Anita Rivera Ortiz Navarro (YOD 2021).

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