Happy Day of the Dead

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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.
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.
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.
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.
Taking a bow at the end of their performance, these young Ecuadorian dancers thank the crowd at the Park of the Americas in Corona.
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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