There seemed to be fewer Day of the Dead altars this year in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. While they varied from massive works of art by professional artists to intimate memorial altars created by a family member, they all had one thing in common: masses of orange and yellow marigolds. Marigolds became part of this tradition because their vibrant colors were considered to be a signal–a signpost–to the dead of where to return to visit family members at the cemetery on November 1st, All Saints Day. This ancient festival in Mayan culture pre-dates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. The timing of November 1st was a compromise between the old ways and the “new”.
I am breaking up the photos I took into three parts. This is part one. Tomorrow I will do the Political Day of the Dead altars including one very very surprising altar. And in the Third Part I’ll show you close-ups of what is actually included on the altars.
The Olvera Street Merchants were the first group to launch Dia de los Muertos celebrations this year on October 6th. And the women of Los Angeles definitely got into the spirit of this ancient and now very popular holiday.
It is almost a month until Dia de los Muertos or All Saints Day, as it is also known, on November 1st, the day after Halloween. These two holidays have run together here in Los Angeles into one huge party.
So here is what I saw:
According to one vendor there are 20 other Day of the Dead events in Los Angeles this year. The two big ones I intend to go to are at Grand Park in downtown L.A.where the large colorful altars will be unveiled on October 27th and 28th. Then on November 2nd – 4th, there will be altars in stores and Halloween events inOld Town Pasadena.
If you take the studio tour at the Warner Bros. lot you will find yourself riding on a open-sided shuttle and passing through sun-filled streets of Chicago, New York, and Big-City-and-Small-Town Anywhere, U.S.A. All fictional, of course.
Thanks to binge-watching on the internet, the demand for TV series and movies is seemingly endless and on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour you will also see street after street of huge sound stages–all busier than they have been in years. The production of entertainment is a thriving big business in Los Angeles these days.
Here is some of what you see on the Studio Tour:
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I was over at Warner Studios having lunch with two friends when the one who works there suggested we go to the Warner movie museum. We did and it was fun.
But, you can’t just wander onto the Warner lot in Burbank to visit the museum. You have to take the Studio Tour (unless you are a guest of a Studio employee which we were.) Entrance to the museum is the next to the last stop on the Warner Studio Tourthat costs $65.
So to save you money here are some highlights of the movie museum. In my next post I will show you the Warner Studio lot with outdoor scenes/sets you will recognize from your favorite TV shows and movies.
Okay. Here are highlights from the Museum:
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