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Uptown Whittiers Los Muertos Festival

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Families from all corners of Southern California gathered in Uptown Whitter to celebrate this festive occasion.

Families from all corners of Southern California gathered in Uptown Whitter to celebrate this festive occasion.

James Spencer

James Spencer

Families from all corners of Southern California gathered in Uptown Whitter to celebrate this festive occasion.

Noah Garcia, Reporter

Thousands gathered in Uptown Whittier on October 8 for the annual  Los Muertos Uptown Art & Music Festival. The event incorporated a tribute car show, Catrin and Catrina contest, Dozens of artist/vendors booths, Singer/band performances, Altar contests, face painters, food trucks and traditional ceremonies/ rituals.

Although the actual Da De Los Muertos is on November first, Whittier’s Casita Del Pueblo presented this community event hosted by Lisa Love and Calypso. Yolanda Garcia, the owner of Casita Del Pueblo, has been apart of the Whittier community for many years. Her continued efforts have introduced the community to Latino culture and have brought ethnic pride, as well as revitalizing interest to the Latino culture. While many different events garner interest in the community, Casita’s event has supported an emotion of togetherness and pride in who you are.

“The community needs cultural events to feel inspired and empowered to be great leaders and seek out opportunities that are better for their families.”

The event was a non-stop promotion of life and culture.While  Los Muertos celebrations are held the expansive block of  Uptown Whittier is valued as something culturally significant to the community.

“I believe our community is different because we celebrate performance art as well as the artistry of folk art, pop art, and even installation art, where the classic cars get to come out and celebrate and honor a passed loved one,”

In all its totality, this event is a celebration of the accomplishments of life, the legacies of the dead and the preciousness of present day.

This year’s event partners with REACH, a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for children and adults with disabilities. Besides the REACH, the festival was sponsored by a number of organizations, including Disney Pixar’s’ Coco, AARP, Vallarta Supermarkets, Cruise It Magazine, AltaMed, Ink Head, DJ Satch, Rise & Shine, Servpro and LA county supervisor Janice Hahn.

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