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Missoula’s 31st Annual Festival of the Dead Procession

Missoula's Annual Festival of the Dead Procession
Honoring Our Dead and Celebrating Life, Missoula’s 31st Annual Festival of the Dead Procession begins at Circle Square at the XXXX’s on the North end of Higgins at 6:00 pm Thursday, November 2, continuing on through Downtown, to Caras Park

November 2 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of “Honoring Our Dead and Celebrating Life” at Missoula’s 31st Annual Festival of the Dead procession on November 2nd. The event will begin at the North end of Higgins Avenue near Circle Square at the XXXX’s at 6:00 pm with the SnYelMn Salish drum group.

EVERYONE is welcome to participate in the procession at 7:00 pm, walking through downtown Missoula, where memories come to life amidst the crisp autumn air. The journey culminates in the heart of Caras Park, where music, art, and the spirit of community intertwine to honor our dearly departed. Inspired by Dia de los Muertos, embrace the magic of this cherished tradition and connect with the past in a captivating way that’s uniquely Missoula’s own. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience of love, culture, and togetherness.

We invite everyone to participate in a way that is meaningful to each individual. Please be respectful of others, as it can be an emotional time for some people.

Please respect the few rules of this event mandated by the City and procession insurance: NO FIRE, NO THROWING OBJECTS/CANDY; and NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES.
And please keep the politics out of the procession.

Additional events on November 2 include:
– DIY luminaria and altar station at Caras Park starting around 12 Noon.
– Community Altar at the Confluence Center (119 W. Main); stop by the Community Altar throughout the day – you are invited to bring pictures of your loved ones or pets that have passed to place on the altar. Weave your way through the alley before, during, or after the procession to experience how alleys can be transformed into special spaces!
– Dia de los Muertos at the Confluence Center: Our Mexican friends and neighbors are offering free face painting from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
At 5:30 pm, we will have an educational presentation explaining the cultural tradition of Dia de los Muertos by a Guatemalan. This lively cultural experience is open to all.
We want to thank our sponsors for making this event possible, but particularly want to recognize the inspiration and impetus provided by The Linnea Foundation and the Mills family, for extending their love for the Missoula community and honoring a beautiful soul who left us far too soon, Linnea Rose Mills. We hope that you will all find a place in your hearts to honor her during this festival.

Missoula, Montana 59802 United States