Oct 31, 2011

¡Viva Mexico!: Mexico’s Day of the Dead evolves into a week of whimsy, partying

A wonderful slide show of these fantastic creatures accompanies the article.

The Washington Post: "Along with the national holiday vibe in Mexico City— and sales of sugar skulls and votive candles — comes the world’s largest display of folk art animals called “alebrijes,” fantastic creatures with claws and wings and tails, the surreal made real with chicken wire and paper mache.

... For the past five years, the Museum of Popular Art in Mexico City has staged a contest, a parade and display of hundreds of the towering beasts. They began appearing a few weeks ago on Paseo de Reforma, the city’s premier avenue, and on Sunday before dawn they were moved to the central plaza, the Zocalo, the Aztec heart of the city now ringed by the old national palace, cathedral and city hall." read and see more

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