77 F
Friday, May 27, 2022

Ánimas procession attracts an estimated 57,000 people

Latest headlines

Mérida’s Noche Blanca 2022 is finally here, and it’s going to be enormous

Five free buses will help visitors navigate La Noche Blanca in Mérida. Photo: Courtesy The citywide arts celebration...

WhatsApp hacks in Yucatán reach ‘alarming rates’

Over the past few days in Yucatán, a growing number of people are reporting having their WhatsApp accounts hacked. 

A Progreso beach is more popular now that the pigs have moved in

A simple concept is drawing more and more visitors to Pig Beach in Yucalpetén,

New study reveals the stunning cost of corruption in Yucatán

According to a new study by the INEGI, corruption in Yucatán costs the state 9.5 billion pesos a year, the highest in the entire country. 
Lee Steele
Lee Steele is the founding director of Roof Cat Media and has published Yucatán Magazine and other titles since 2012. Sign up for our weekly newsletters, so our top headlines will appear in your inbox each Monday and Thursday.

City officials lead off a 20-block procession in 2017’s Paseo de las Ánimas. Photo: Ayuntamiento

Mérida, Yucatán — Organizers of this  year’s Paseo de las Ánimas estimate about 57,000 people took to the streets, in a highlight of the city’s Day of the Dead festivities.

If the crowd count is accurate, that’s about 7,000 more people than last year. The event has come to draw visitors from around Mexico, and some from other countries.

“We are very proud of our traditions and roots,” said Mayor Mauricio Vila Dosal, who added that the event as “crossed borders” and honors Yucatecan identity on a “world level.”

Traditional costumes honor Yucatán’s Hanal Pixan heritage. Photo: Ayuntamiento

Now in its ninth year, the procession runs 20 blocks, basically between the general cemetery and the San Juan Arch. Organizers are considering one day extending the parade another three blocks north to reach the Plaza Grande.

People of all ages paraded slowly, many with face paint and dressed in traditional Yucatecan huipiles and guayaberas, with candles and flowers in hand.

Hundreds of altars honor the spirits of deceased loved ones along the Paseo de las Ánimas route. Photo: Ayuntamiento

Others dressed in conventional Halloween costumes, as pirates or clowns, for example.

The parade began with a Mayan ceremony, with the mayor and other city officials leading the walk north up Calle 66.

In addition to 248 Hanal Pixan altars, the route included a demonstration of the Mayan ball game Pok ta Pok as well as pre-Hispanic and folk music concerts at San Juan park.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

After more than 2 months, why are Mérida’s most iconic monuments still covered in graffiti?

Since the protests held on International Women’s Day back in early March, several of Mérida’s historic monuments remain covered in graffiti. 

Scientists warn some types of sargassum could impact on human health

Large amounts of sargassum are now washing a shore in locations previously relatively untouched by the algae, such as the theme...

The sights, sounds, and flavors of vibrant Chinatown in CDMX

Mexico City’s Chinatown is crowded, frenzied, and chaotic — but in an oddly great sort of way.

Mérida, but not the Caribbean resorts, named in Airbnb survey

Mérida Yucatán is one of the oldest cities on the American continent and boasts the oldest cathedral on the continent’s mainland....

Yucatán goes from 0 to 78 daily COVID cases in 6 weeks

The Yucatán health ministry reported 78 new COVID infections, the highest number of daily new cases since March.

Pig farm accused of hiding cenotes and filling them in with cement

A pig farm in the municipality of Homún is being accused of filling in and hiding two cenotes from environmental authorities. 

New augmented reality app tells the story of Mérida’s iconic corner plaques

Mérida´s municipal government is launching a new mobile phone application to tell the story of the city’s iconic Centro corner plaques.

Tortas in the Park: Family carries on the tradition for 63 years 

Taqueria Don Beto in Parque Las Américas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Strolling through charming Parque de...

Kankí, the Maya city where the stone eyes of ancient gods burn as hot as the sun

Kankí may be only 10 miles or so from the Mérida-Campeche highway, but feels a world away.

La Plancha park project moves forward with a huge budget

Government officials announced an agreement to make the La Plancha land 100% parkland. Photo: Contributed The park that...