Downtown Longmont & The Dickens Opera House
free procession. Catrina Ball Tickets: $15 Advance and at the Door.
Everyone is invited to put on your Catrina/Catrin face, gather noisemakers and join the larger than life Gigante paper mache puppets & musicians for the Gigante Procession to the Catrina Ball!
The annual Catrina Ball at the Dickens Opera House will be a party to die for … or at least an event to celebrate the lives of those who have already made the journey into the Great Beyond.
Doors: 7:30pm. Tickets: $15 Advance and at the Door. All Ages Welcome!
The Ball commemorates Día de los Muertos, a widely observed holiday in Mexico and other Latin countries. It is a time when the living remember and honor departed relatives. But rather than doing so in a gloomy manner, as the name may suggest, The Day of the Dead is a time of festive celebration.
“Sometimes, when people of other cultures hear for the first time about the celebration of the Day of the Dead, they mistakenly think it must be: gruesome, terrifying, scary, ugly and sad,” according to inside-mexico.com. “Nothing could be further from the truth. The Day of the Dead is a beautiful ritual in which Mexicans happily and lovingly remember their loved relatives that have died.
The name, Catrina Ball, refers to the Calavera Catrina – a 1910–1913 zinc etching by the Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada. She is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolution era. La Catrina has become an icon of the Mexican Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
Attendees are encouraged come dressed as Catrinas – with fancy clothes and faces painted like skulls. Dickens will be decorated with candles, marigolds and papel-picado, and will feature an exhibition including a community “ofrenda” (altar), a community sugar skull wall, and a Catrina wall with drawings by local artists.
Price of admission includes deadly drinks, festive food, live music and a crazy awesome art auction.
NOTE Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Seats are limited - be sure to come early, when the doors open, if you would like a table. We highly recommend dinner reservations in the Tavern before the show for those guests wishing to enjoy dinner with us!
RESERVED SEATING Dickens Tavern – Phone: (303) 834-9384 $100 VIP boxed seated areas available close to the stage – areas seat 8 comfortably - all guests must still purchase individual show tickets. This is not included in the VIP private/reserved sections. You can order off of our full tavern menu until 10 pm.