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Día De Los Muertos Procession Muertos De La Risa Returns To Pilsen

The 43rd Muertos de la Risa event and procession begins 4 p.m. Wednesday at Dvorak Park with free, family-friendly activities.

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PILSEN — One of the city’s longest-running Día de los Muertos events is kicking off this week in Pilsen.

The 43rd Muertos de la Risa event and procession kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St. The event is free and family-friendly, with face painting, art activities, live performances and community ofrendas. People are encouraged to dress in holiday attire and bring their own mobile ofrenda.

During Día de los Muertos, a traditional Oct. 31-Nov. 2 Mexican holiday, people honor loved ones who have died by building an ofrenda, or altar, and topping it with photos and mementos to invite back their spirits. 

The event is organized by arts group ElevArte, SGA Youth and Family Services and After School Matters.

This is the first year since 2019 that the event is taking place in person.

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