On September 24 the Vine neighborhood in Downtown Kalamazoo is holding a block party in honor of the Dia de Los Muertos, also known as The Day of The Dead. While this holiday falls close to Halloween each year, it has a very different focus. This Mexican heritage event is held as a memorial to passed loved ones. To commemorate their memory, the families in the community are joining together in celebration of food and arts!

 

Vine Corners will play host to all of the Kalamazoo community who would like to attend. There will be free food, dancing and drum lessons for the kids. Area vendors and local organizations will also be attending to cater to the adult crowd.

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With the mix of college students, families and singles from every walk of life or religious and sexual orientation, the Vine Neighborhood is Kalamazoo's own melting pot of life. There is also a strong representation of Mexican Heritage as this is the area where the long standing El Sol Elementary School resides. Not only will this be a fun Halloween Alternative, but this event also represents a significant partnership between the community and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS).  The KDPS is excited to support the sustainability efforts in the area.

 

Steven Walsh, President of the Vine Neighborhood had this to say about the event, “The Dia de Los Muertos celebration is about our students, local families, as well as celebrating what the local businesses have done as a partner organization of the Kalamazoo community. The block party’s purpose is also to represent a community that sees beauty in all stages of life and to connect the neighborhood through cultural exposure.” 

Event Info:

  • When: Sep. 24th, 2015 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Vine Corners
  • What: A celebration of art & food in honor of lost loved ones.
     

So how about it, will we see you at the Dia de Los Muertos?