Happy Day of the Dead

The centerpiece of the Day of the Dead celebration is the “ofrendas,” an alter to display offerings of sweets and marigolds for the departed.
Photo by Michael Shain
By Michael Shain

The Day of the Dead — the spooky folk festival celebrated in Mexico and much of Latin America at the same time Halloween is going on here — had to find a new home in Queens this year.

In recent years, the festival has been staged at Corona Plaza, under the elevated No. 7 station on Rooselvelt Avenue. But the plaza is undergoing a major renovation this winter and the festivities — sponsored by the Queens Museum — had to be moved to nearby Park of the Americas, a fitting spot for an afternoon of dance, music and food that included neighborhood groups from Ecuador and Columbia, as well as Mexico.

Here’s a taste of that day.

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