Day of the Dead at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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    Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

    Day of the Dead at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
    Photo © 2014 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration of those who have gone before. Traditionally families decorate the graves of their loved ones and take a picnic to the cemetery. In certain towns, people parade through the streets dressed as skeletons and eat sugar skulls.

    There are many celebrations of Day of the Dead in Los Angeles. One of the largest and most colorful is at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, the resting place of many famous celebrities. It includes contests for the best altar exhibit and best costume. The event takes place on a Saturday in October either immediately before Halloween or a week earlier. 

    When: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 12 pm -12 am
    Where: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90038
    Cost: $20 (cash only, correct change appreciated), children 8 and under and seniors 65+ Free until 4 pm
    Parking: Check the website for nearby parking.
    Info: (323) 447-0999, www.ladayofthedead.com

    The slideshow above will give you a taste of what you can see at Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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    Dia de Los Muertos Altars

    Hollywood Forever Cemetery decorated for Dia de los Muertos
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    Hollywood Forever Cemetery decorated with altars and papel picado (cut paper) banners for Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration honoring the dead.

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    Communal Ofrenda at Dia de los Muertos

    Day of the Dead altar at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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    A mother and daughter and their friend pose with an ofrenda (altar) they helped create at the Dia de Los Muertos celebration at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, CA

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    Mini Mariachi Calaveras at Dia de Los Muertos

    Mini Mariachi Calaveras at Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA
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    Mini Mariachi Calaveras at Dia de Los Muertos celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

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    Lighting a Candle for the Dead

    Lighting a candle for the dead at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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    Lighting a Candle for the Dead at the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

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    Twin Half-Calaveras

    Twin Half-Calaveras at Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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    Twin Half-Calaveras​ at the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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    Altar to Leah at Day of the Dead

    Altar to Leah at Hollywood Forever Cemetery's Dia de los Muertos Celebration
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    Altar to Leah​ at the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

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    Day of the Dead Calaveras

    Dia de los Muertos Calavera Sculptures by Johanna Aguilar at the Dia de los Muertos celebration at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA
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    Calavera sculpture at the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery 

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    Day of the Dead Mausoleum Lights

    Mausoleum Lights with an altar and candles at Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA
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    Mausoleum Lights across a reflecting pool at the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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    Dead Diva at Day of the Dead

    Dead Diva serenades the crowd at Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA
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    Dead Diva at the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

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    The Queen of Calaveras

    The Queen of Calaveras at Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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    The Queen of Calaveras and her escort at Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery​ in Los Angeles

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    Death Glam at Dia de Los Muertos

    A little death glam at Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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    These drop-dead divas show a little death glam at the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 

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    Day of the Dead Art Exhibit

    Art Exhibit in the Mausoleum at Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA
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    A mausoleum houses an art exhibit​ at the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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    Serpent Lady at Day of the Dead

    Serpent Lady at Dead Mariachi at Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA
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    Serpent Lady and her escort at the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA