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Day of the Dead celebration planned Nov. 1 in Sandwich

SANDWICH – The Sandwich Park District will host a Day of the Dead celebration, also known as Día de los Muertos, at James Knights Park.

The event will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the park, 1001 Latham St. in Sandwich

Sandwich Park District Executive Director Michael McCann said this is the district’s second annual Day of the Dead celebration.

“It has become an annual event held in collaboration with the Hispanic Coalition Committee and the Sandwich Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee,” he said. “The event was very well-received last year – more than 200 people were in attendance.”

This year’s celebration will feature food trucks and Hispanic food for sale, including taquitos, tamales, conchas and bunuelos. There also will be free popcorn and hot chocolate.

Activities include face painting, sugar skull decorations, flower making, La Loteria, musical chairs, a three-legged race and a dance off. There will be music from 5 to 7 p.m.

The movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will be shown outside on a large inflatable screen. Bring chairs, blankets and warm clothes to watch the movie comfortably.

Attendees are invited to bring a photo or remembrance of a loved one to put on the park district’s community altar table.

“We want to celebrate and honor our passed family members, and the community altar table is an opportunity to do that,” McCann said. “It’s a great event for all cultures and all ages. It will feature great food, entertainment, contests, games and music.”

“Even if you’re not Hispanic, it’s still cool to celebrate and learn about different cultures and expand your world knowledge. You can try something new and different, maybe eat a tamale for the first time,” he said.

“At the park district, we have celebrations for Christmas and Easter, and it’s fun to do more cultural programs that introduce new concepts and new traditions for people to participate in.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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