Birmingham’s Day of the Dead Finds New Life During Pandemic

| November 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am

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By Ike Pigott

In a year when we have lost so many, COVID-19 nearly took away an opportunity to honor them.

Since 2003, Bare Hands Gallery has sponsored Birmingham’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) remembrance. It is ordinarily a large event with music, dance and food, but the need for social distancing made changes necessary in 2020. Spreading out the memorials in both space and time allows more people to participate safely.

This year’s Dia de los Muertos at Pepper Place is a weeklong affair, every evening through Saturday, Nov. 7. Attendance this year is open and free. Friday and Saturday nights will coincide with Eat in the Streets, sponsored by Pepper Place and the city of Birmingham, which means music and more food options.

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