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Annual Gigantes Procession & Catrina Ball

  • Presented By: Firehouse Art Center
  • Location: Downtown Longmont & The Dickens Opera House
  • Price: free procession. Catrina Ball Tickets: $15 Advance and at the Door.

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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.

Get ready to dance, dance, dance!

Proceeds benefit the Firehouse Art Center and the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center.
https://firehouseart.org/
http://www.longmontmuseum.org

Full details of the day-long event:
https://firehouseart.org/special-events/#catrina

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.

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