Día de los Muertos in Carpinteria
By Robert Bernstein
Carpinteria artists once again hosted celebrations for Día de los Muertos... the Day of the Dead!
Activities included native ceremonies, live music, dancing, food, children's crafts and displays of art.
Here are my videos and photos!
Participants gathered at the Carpinteria Amtrak in advance for face and body painting.
Solstice make-up artist Joan Melendez was one on hand for the creations
Lisa Thomas is one of the main event organizers and she got some temporary body art
Local Chumash performed an opening ceremony
Douglas Dubois was an angel on stilts adding magic to the occasion and posing with me
Performers gathered, rehearsed, posed and did interviews
The parade group started up the sidewalk on Linden Avenue
There was a bit more space further up Linden Avenue
And the UCSB Folklorico Dancers performed at times
Solstice workshop director Riccardo Morrison (R) poses with "dead" wedding couple Lloyd and Lisa Wyckoff who run Anacapa Ukulele in Ventura. They regularly vacation in Yucatan and other parts of Mexico to experience Day of the Dead there.
Here Riccardo poses with the UCSB Folklorico Dancers
The parade turned onto Carpinteria Avenue
As bystanders watched
Then came the last turn onto Vallecito
To the Carpinteria Woman's Club
And there was art all around
The Chumash performed again at the Woman's Club garden
As people watched
Former Solstice Executive Director Claudia Bratton was there in full costume and make-up
The UCSB Folklorico Dancers did a complete performance
"Dead" wedding couple Lloyd and Lisa Wyckoff posed together
And with a bigger group
L-R: Riccardo Morrison, Lark Batteau, Lisa and Lloyd Wyckoff, Suzan Duval, Joan Melendez, Hathor Hammett (all of Solstice except for the Wyckoff couple):
If you missed it this year, be sure to catch it next year near the World's Safest Beach!