Long day in Grand Park and Dia de los Muertos
Starting last Saturday (24 October), one of Los Angeles’ larger Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations/displays began setting up in Grand Park, downtown near city hall. With displays ranging from traditional to artistic alters, large plaster and wooden faces/skulls and displays varying in size and meaning, there are a whole lot of things for everyone to enjoy.
The park was great in this surprisingly hot and slightly muggy LA October. There are a few fountain areas that children can run through (adults as well), making it a great stop for families and photographers alike.
For these displays, each offering has been designed by LA groups from Homeboy Industries to LA Women’s shelters to children’s groups or by selected artists so each one shows a different aspects of the city from different perspectives all in remembrance of those who have been lost.
You are able to wander through this park which spans a few blocks (you do cross the street so watch your kids carefully!) at any time from now until the last day – Monday, November 2. If you want a official walk through of these displays, there are guided tours offered every weekday at 12.15.
Last year, there was a party aspect but this hasn’t been announced for this year, however, it is something you may want to keep an eye out for if you happen to be in the area.
Photographers should also be aware that—as Halloween nears—more and more costumed children and cosplayer meet ups happen around this area which is great for pictures.
Right before city hall, you’ll see my favorite display: a large wedding cake made out of recycled/reused plastic dishware. The decorations are so beautiful it took me awhile to realize the flowers are made out of repurposed cups!
If you are from out of the area or just don’t want to drive into the city (or deal with parking), you can take the metro to Grand/Civic Center stop. We came in from the valley on the red line, but I really recommend looking up undergrounds near you for easy transport.
In case you finish the day early or just want to get out of the heat for a little while, The Cathedral of Angels, the Broad Museum (I mentioned this stop last week), and The Disney Concert Hall, are really close by.
This wraps up my last week in LA for a few months, but until next time,
This is Leave on the Wind, helping you soar.