Photos by JAKOB SCHILLER
Raincoats rather than sun hats were de rigueur clothing at this year’s Dia de los Muertos parade in Albuquerque’s South Valley. The overcast skies and intermittent rain showers didn’t keep anyone home, however; the sides of the street were packed as the floats, lowriders, bicyclists, dancers, and bands marched down Isleta Blvd. What’s so special about this event is that there’s not much distinction between those in the parade and those watching the parade: everyone seems to be adorned, in one form or another, with traditional Day of the Dead regalia to honor and remember.
Albuquerque’s Dia de los Muertos parade always has a strong political component and Sunday’s march was no different. Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) was there to stand in solidarity saying No to Dead Developments, the Santolina Master Plan. Activists and family members who have been working long and hard to bring the Albuquerque Police Department to account were there to honor all of those who have been unjustly killed by the police (La Jicarita co-editor David Correia will have an analysis of the just-released consent decree between APD and the Department of Justice later this week). LGBTQ activists were there, (un)Occupy was there, the Sierra Club was there, the Peace and Justice Center was there, the Media Literacy Project was there, and many more than can be named were there to celebrate our city and state’s diverse culture and population.
Albuquerque photographer Jakob Schiller provided La Jicarita with some great portraits.