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The centerpiece of the Day of the Dead celebration is the “ofrendas,” an alter to display offerings of sweets and marigolds for the departed.
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The face-painting table did a stiff business in sugar-skull make-up. The face is the painted version of the traditional Day of the Dead masks that represent friends and family who have died.
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In Mexico and much of Latin America, Oct. 31 isn’t about trick-or-treating. It is a time when families remember loved ones who have died with dancing, food and — above all — music.
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The Day of the Dead festival in Corona has always been held in Corona Plaza. But because the plaza is being renovated, the celebration was moved to a nearby city park.
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Taking a bow at the end of their performance, these young Ecuadorian dancers thank the crowd at the Park of the Americas in Corona.
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The fried dough balls are called "bunuelos" and are eaten hot, right out of the bag.

The Day of the Dead — the spooky folk festival celebrated in Mexico and much of Latin America at the same time Halloween is going on here — had to find a new home in Queens this year.

In recent years, the festival has been staged at Corona Plaza, under the elevated No. 7 station on Rooselvelt Avenue. But the plaza is undergoing a major renovation this winter and the festivities — sponsored by the Queens Museum — had to be moved to nearby Park of the Americas, a fitting spot for an afternoon of dance, music and food that included neighborhood groups from Ecuador and Columbia, as well as Mexico.

Here’s a taste of that day.

Posted 12:00 am, November 3, 2017
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