37th Anniversary

Pirates Celebration of

Dia de los Muertos   

Day of the Dead

November 1, 2019

Altars, Pinata's and Aztec Dancers

Art created by local students

show dates

October 18 to November 3, 2019

Important Dates & information

November 1 ~ Friday November 1, 6:00 to 10:00pm Big Celebration!

with Aztec Dancers, adult and children pinata's, candlelight procession and fire dancers

Face Painters and Sugar Skulls

Times are approximate
Sometime after 6:00 - Aztec Dancers
7:00 - Kids Pinata

7:30 - Procession
8:30 - Adults Pinata 

Día de los Muertos officially is held on November 2nd, with celebrations beginning on November 1, Día de Muertos Chiquitos--The Day of the Little Dead also All Saints Day, and continuing on November 2, All Souls Day. At Pirate, we celebrate the first Friday nearest the 2nd. It is a joyous occasion when the memory of ancestors and the continuity of life is celebrated. It is believed that at this time the souls of the departed return to visit the living. It is not a time of mourning since "the path back to the living world must not be made slippery by tears". Its roots are in ancient Mexico but it is celebrated in many North, Central, and South American countries. Specifics of the celebration vary with region, but one of the most common customs is the making of elaborate altars to welcome departed spirits home. Alters ofrecetas are set up in the home with offerings of sweets and the favorite foods and beverages of the deceased. These offerings may later be given away or consumed by the living after their essence has been enjoyed by the dead. Marigolds are the traditional decorative flower and copal is the traditional incense made from the resin of the copal tree. Festivities also frequently include traditional foods such as pan de muerto (bread of the dead), which can conceal a miniature skeleton. It is a mixture of indigenous and Catholic traditions and includes gathering at cemeteries for the cleaning and decoration of the grave sites and socializing. The manner of celebration varies regionally with folkloric traditions being particularly strong in Oaxaca where there is a substantial indigenous population.