Dia de los Muertos in New Orleans

Dia de los Muertos is a big deal to a lot of people in New Orleans. Traditionally a Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos is a Latin American celebration where people take time to remember and leave offerings to their family members. For me, this fits perfectly into Samhain. A friend and I took a pilgrimage to a grave site of someone we both had issues with. She had recently died and we realized that we needed a more formal ending to the relationship. We spent some time on the grave talking about the upset she had caused, the legacy she left behind and how we wished her a more peaceful afterlife and that we hoped she had left the burdens of life behind her. That evening, I walked in the annual Day of the Dead parade down in the Bywater. I took a lot of photos and I thought that I would share some with you. Enjoy!

30

Me before the parade

Even the dogs masked!

Even the dogs masked!

35

6

7

8

9

11

12

13

14

1516

17

20

21

26

Public Day of the Dead altar on Burgunday St.

Public Day of the Dead altar on Burgunday St.

29

Me worn out and sort of sweaty at the end of the parade.

Me worn out and sort of sweaty at the end of the parade.

Blessed Samhain and happy Dia de los Muertos everyone!!!!

 

*All pictures are copyrighted by me, please do not use without permission.

An Offering

My S.O and I spend a lot of time in the Bywater, a New Orleans neighborhood that sits right next to the infamous Lower Ninth Ward. The Bywater is generally known as an artsy neighborhood with a lot of character and local personality. Chickens roam freely about streets where many artists and musicians make their home.

Many of our friends live in this neighborhood. There are quite a few neighborhood bars and restaurants that we like, such asĀ  The Country Club, a gay bar with clothing optional swimming in the back. When people come to visit us, I always love to drive them down through the Bywater so that they can see some of the most beautiful and interesting houses in New Orleans.

While a little bit rough around the edges, and certainly not the swanky Garden District, the Bywater is the place to be if you’re looking for charm and character.

The local traveling kids celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with an elaborate Day of the Dead Parade that walks through this neighborhood every year. And there are several artists’ lofts and colonies where people celebrate the neighborhood lifestyle daily, by creating amazing things.

One of my best friends lives here, and was walking out of her house when she came across this sight on Burgundy Street (that’s Bur-GUN-dy St. not BUR-gun-dy as it is everywhere else in the world)…

I assume it’s an offering to Papa Legba. It was sitting at a four-way crossroads.

I don’t know what the person was asking for, but this is one of the things that I love so much about New Orleans. How many other places are there in America where you can walk out your front door and find an offering to a Lwa, one that you known will be left alone and respected?

It’s always good to be reminded that Voodoo and Paganism are alive and well in my city.