Mexico city, still grieving the nearly 500 victims of two powerful earthquakes that devastated the country in September, hosted its annual Day of the Dead parade on Saturday. Nearly 300,000 were in attendance.
The 4-mile parade route was led by a group of rescue workers and volunteers, and featured an impressive raised fist float made out of hard hats and rescue tools.
“The point of this parade is to celebrate life,” Alejandra González Anaya, the parade’s artistic director, told the New York Times.
The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a centuries-old Mexican celebration honoring the lives of the deceased. Mexico City’s large parade is in its second year, after taking inspiration for the large scale event from the 2015 James Bond film Spectre.
More than 700 performers danced and marched in the parade, kicking off local celebrations and festivals that will take place across Mexico until All Saint’s Day on November 1.