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Pilsen Honors Passing of Loved Ones During Día De Los Muertos Celebration

PHOTOS: More than one hundred people gathered for ElevArte's 39th annual Muertos de la Risa processional in Pilsen Friday evening.

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PILSEN — Since she can remember, Andrea Briano has been coming to Pilsen’s Día De Los Muertos celebration.  Now, the 25-year-old mother is passing on that tradition to her son Mark.

“It’s a wonderful celebration of our culture,” Briano said. “I’m proud to be able to come together for Día De Los Muertos and continue this celebration with my family.” 

With a skeleton processionalPilsen residents honored the memory of loved ones who have passed away during Friday’s Dia de los Muertos celebration.

ElevArte’s 39th annual Muertos de la Risa processional brought puppet skeletons and colorful displays to Pilsen’s streets for the holiday’s close.

Day of the Dead, the annual Mexican tradition that honors the deceased, begins the day after Halloween and ended Friday. 

The procession’s Grand Marshal Lizette Garza said the event is a way to unite the community and “honor loved ones who have gone too soon.”

For Garza, that also means honoring all the individuals killed from gun-violence across Chicago.

Natalie Escobedo, 32, and her mother have been coming to the Muertos de la Risa procession for the last four years. Escobedo, who used to live in Pilsen 10 years ago, has watched with excitement as the event has grown more every year.

“I appreciate the togetherness, especially with everything going on in the country,” Escobedo said.

Check out photos from Friday night’s Muertos de la Risa procession in Pilsen below.

Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
The procession’s grand marshall Lizette Garza said the event is a way to unite the community “honor loved ones who have gone too soon.”
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
The procession’s grand marshall Lizette Garza said the event is a way to unite the community “honor loved ones who have gone too soon.”
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago