Many participants in Texas Southmost College’s Day of the Dead parade carried altars they created. The parade took place last Thursday. Steven Hughes/The Rider Photos
Families participated in the Day of the Dead parade along Ringgold Road, with many elegant dresses, traditional Mexican costumes and their faces painted as a skull.
Texas Southmost College sophomore Eros Lujano and senior Vyktoria Olivares lead the Day of the Dead parade.
Parade participants included students from Texas Southmost College, Rivera and Veterans Memorial high schools, as well as members of the community.
Jesus Roberto Rodriguez (center), the new president of Texas Southmost College, attends the school’s first Day of the Dead parade. Rodriguez spoke during a presentation after the parade. “[I] hope you enjoy this event as this event is for [our] community,” he said. “It is an effort for us to provide not only student engagement, but an environment that is welcoming and provides a sense of belonging to our students and our community.”
Some participants held candles in the procession.
The Rivera High School Estudiantina performs lively traditional Mexican music during the event.
After the parade, students provide live music followed by a PowerPoint presentation on Day of the Dead altars.
A colorful Día de los Muertos poster and plastic skeletons were among the items carried in the parade.
Some participants carried decorated “coffins” in the parade.