PARADE

The Parade is currently still on schedule. Starting at 12:00pm on 6th St. between Chicon & Comal in East Austin.

The Grand Procession gathers on 6th street between Chicon and Comal in East Austin, bringing together a vibrant and varied mix of the traditional, contemporary, and Austin “weird”.  The Procession – including costumes, props, live music, dancers, and floats – marches down historic 6th Street and culminates at 4th Street and Congress Avenue, marking the transition from the afternoon to the exciting evening portion of the street festival. This year, all parade participants will be entered into a raffle for special prizes from the museum*! Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a celebration and snag a collection of unique gifts. *Participants must check in at the parade site using their provided name and email to be eligible for the raffle.

Interested in joining the 32nd annual Grand Procession? Register to participate here!

The following are the main categories:

Pre-Columbian

Pre-Columbian Americas refers to the time period when indigenous civilizations flourished in the Americas, such as the Aztec, Maya, Toltec, Olmec, Mixtec, and Inca. During these times, death was not feared, but rather celebrated and ritualized. Life, full of uncertainty and hardship, was a passage or journey to a heavenly afterlife. Participants in this category among others includes: Aztec and Matachine Dancers, Drumming, Chihuahua Dog Associations.

Mexico Lindo

 The beginning of Porfirio Díaz’s rule in Mexico resulted in the creation of a new Mexican national identity based on its Pre-Columbian past and manifested in Mexico’s modern arts. In 1913, José Guadalupe Posada created a famous print called "La Calavera de la Catrina" as a parody of a Mexican upper class female. In addition to the indigenous and Catholic traditions, the satirical portrayal of death in the form of a skeleton has since become associated with The Day of the Dead. This section includes La Catrina, Soldaderas, Revolucionarios, Frida Kahlo, and Ballet Folklorico.

Austin Weird

Happening now in Austin! Be a part of history and help us create a new fusion of Mexican Día de los Muertos and American Halloween traditions. Austin Weird category includes everything else.

Families of Austin

Honors Austin’s community builders – families that have been here for many generations – and pays tribute to the legacy of members of our city who have contributed to making Austin what it is today.