The city of Corpus Christi came together on Oct. 28 for the Día de los Muertos Street Festival for their 16th year of celebration.
The streets of downtown Corpus Christi were crowded with people celebrating the Mexican tradition of honoring their deceased loved ones.
The festival had live music from three stages, a Kids Corner that provided activities for children, various vendors selling their handmade arts and crafts, and food trucks. There were also ofrendas such as “Altars of Remembrance” that was held in the Ritz Theater for the duration of the festival.
Among the local artisans, the Del Mar College Student Art Association club also set up a table to sell their handmade items.
“Today we are selling our handmade maracas,” said Nathan Olivarez, the president of the Student Art Association.
Jamie Torres, a new club member, helped the club sell items at the festival for the first time.
“I’ve been here since 3 just selling and dancing around,” Torres said.
Aside from the maracas, other items were also on display for sale.
“We’re also selling some keychains there, some earrings and then also selling some wall decorations as well,” Torres said.
While the club displayed their talent through their items, the festival also served as a fundraising experience.
“We get the art club members together to make some art objects and we sell them for fundraising effort,” said Amorette Garza-Morales, a Del Mar College art professor.
Aside from serving as a fundraising opportunity, the Día de los Muertos Street Festival also had a deeper meaning for Garza-Morales.
“My husband just passed away last year so I think the Día de los Muertos has even more significance to me,” Garza-Morales said.
For more information on the Student Art Association club contact Garza-Morales at 361-698-1217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.