One of the city’s annual tributes to the ancestors is on the run again. The Southwest Detroit Business Association’s “Run of the Dead” event for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) will take place Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at the General George S. Patton Memorial Center, 2301 Woodmere St. in Detroit. The route will send runners through two historic cemeteries as part of several community-wide activities to celebrate the Mexican holiday.
Proceeds from the run will benefit the Center of Music & Performing Arts-Southwest, a youth cultural development program that serves 200 Detroit students. An observance common throughout many Latino communities and cultures, Day of the Dead honors departed loved ones and family members, while recognizing their spirits with various traditions. Ofrendas, or altars, displayed in Southwest Detroit, are often created to honor families or communities where the holiday is being recognized. For more information about activities and attractions being held to celebrate Day of the Dead visit www.southwestdetroit.com.
Lead image: An ofrenda installed by artist Kia Itchel Arriaga at 2018's Run of the Dead recognized immigrant children detained at America's border. Photo by Myrna Segura/Southwest Detroit Business Association