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Dia de los Muertos, the popular street festival usually staged in Downtown Oceanside and bringing in crowds of 65,000+, has found itself a new home at Mission San Luis Rey. The 9th Annual Dia De Los Muertos will take place Sunday, November 1st, 2009, 10am – 4pm. MainStreet Oceanside, the downtown business support group that previously produced the event, is providing assistance to the Mission to bring the event to Mission grounds. Many of the traditions of the festival will continue including; the altars (ofrendas) celebrating lives of departed loved ones, the chalk cemetery and the educational component provided by Professor Carlos von Son of Palomar College. In addition, long time supporters such as the Oaxacan community leaders and Mellano & Company have again decided to participate. Mellano & Company generously agreed to continue providing the tens of thousands of marigolds used for the altars and to decorate the event venue. The Mission has also promised to provide festival attendees with great music, an international food court and a bazaar featuring goods from around the world. Rick Wright, Interim Executive Director for MainStreet Oceanside said, “We are Arts & Crafts Family Funexcited to be working with the Mission staff to preserve this incredible event for the community.
Budget cutbacks prevented us from staging Dia de los Muertos this year so we are thrilled that another group has come forward to continue the tradition. Over the past eight years, we have assembled an incredible team to produce this event and I’m pleased that most of the team will stay intact as the Mission assumes the lead role in producing Dia de los Muertos.” “Mission San Luis Rey is excited to continue their community partnership by accepting this role. One of our goals is to bring the community together and the Dia de los Muertos celebration is one of unity and cultural importance. Since the Mission welcomes people of all faiths, this festival is a good fit.
We look forward to working closely with MainStreet Oceanside to create a successful event,” said Friar James Lockman, ofm, Executive Director of Mission San Luis Rey. Because of the cost associated with the event, Mission San Luis Rey is looking for the corporate community to also step forward to continue this valuable and highly visible tradition by assisting with sponsorships and donations. For information regarding sponsorship, please contact the Mission c/o Marie Daniels of CAELUM Communication & Marketing, email or 858.736.9140. For general information about the event, please contact Mission San Luis Rey at 760.757.3651. To learn more about Mission San Luis Rey, visit our website.