From: Saturday, October 19, 2024
To: Tuesday, November 5, 2024
Day of the Dead Mexico Dia de los Muertos 2024
The annual day of the dead festivities have become hugely popular in Mexico with international visitors. The main parade in the city centre is a spectacular production. In addition, many of the gay parties and clubs host special costume parties and day of the dead theme events in the week leading up to the parade.
- Stay close to the start of the parade at the Mumedi Design Hotel, rated “Exceptional” by guests, offering great breakfast, beautiful rooms and exceptional service.
Day of the Dead Celebrations
- Saturday October 19th to Tuesday 5th November 2024 – Events kick off from the third Saturday in October with festivities running right through to the traditional end of the Day of the Dead celebrations on the 5th of November.
The Parade Dates for 2024
- Main Parade – Awaiting dates
- Parades typically begin on the weekend before Halloween (21st Oct 2023) and continue trough to the beginning of November.
- The dates for the main parade are always announced late. Previous events have been held on both the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend before or of Halloween, depending on when the Halloween falls.
- They can also take place on the weekend after Halloween, especially when the 1st is close to the next weekend.
- Traditional Día de Muertos / Day of the Dead events are always held on the 1st and 2nd of November.
Parade of the Alebrijes
- Typically the third Saturday in October- (brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures).
- The parade will begin at 10:00 am at the Independence Monument and pass along Paseo de la Reforma, Sevilla, Salamanca and ended in Alvaro Obregon
- If you miss the alebrijes parade, they will be on display in the Angel de la Independencia (Angel of Independence) until November 6.
Parade of Catrinas
- Awaiting dates – Catrinas are those skeletal depictions that have become an icon of Day of the Dead,
- The parade will begin at 6.30pm from the Angel of Independence monument for a march of approximately four kilometers (2.5 miles) towards the Zócalo
- To get a catrina face paint, expect to find face painters wherever Día de Muertos festivities are taking place. Good spots in Mexico City to find make-up are typically the Zocalo and Jardin Centenario in Coyoacan.
Day of the Dead Parade
- Awaiting dates – Typically starts from Chapultepec Forest and head to Zocalo Square.
- The parade leaves through the Puerta de los Leones, which is located on Paseo de la Reforma, and arrives at the Zócalo Capitalino at night . There will be many surprises here that have never been seen before.
- This year’s International Day of the Dead parade in Mexico city begins at 5 pm.
- The event will last 3.5 hours over a 1.2 km long route featuring, 10 spectacular floats , 29 epic moving props , 4 monumental balloons and 1200 participants.
- Continue your party later on at Mexico’ biggest gay Halloween circuit event by Jubileo
- Tip – Arrive at least two hours early. More than 1 million spectators are expected to attend the event. Consider seeking out a less crowded spot midway down Reforma. But be prepared to walk to the Zocalo to experience the drone show and concert at the end of the parade route.
- Officially known as Plaza de la Constitución, El Zócalo is the main public square and one of the most recognizable places in Mexico City.
- It contains a giant Mexican flag at its center and has been the centerpiece of public gatherings since the days of the Aztecs.
- For epic views in one of the city’s upscale districts, stay close by at the W Mexico City. Alternatively check out the Suites Obelisk nearby, with excellent rates, large rooms and a fully equipped gym.
History of the event
- The parade is a relatively new event, inspired by the James Bond film, Spectre. The Day of the Dead parade, complete with floats, giant skeleton marionettes and more than 1,000 actors, dancers and acrobats in costumes takes place in the heart of the city.
- Day of the Dead dates back to the Aztec period and celebrants believe the spirits of their deceased loved ones return for a visit. Families build altars adored with photographs, votive candles and items the deceased enjoyed such as food and drink – even tequila or mezcal.
- The event is part of La Catrina Fest which aims to showcase traditional Mexican cultures and traditions in a bright and modern way!
Dates to remember
The parade is a relatively new event and the date changes each year. Unfortunately, it is invariably announced close to the event, however it typically takes place on the weekend closest to October 31st. Official dates for historic Halloween celebrations are as follows:
- October 31: eve of Dia de Muertos and is also known as noche de brujas (night of the witches).
- November 1: Day of the Innocents, commemorates deceased children.
- November 2: the actual Day of the Dead.
Where to stay during Mexico City’s Day of the dead celebrations
- Stay in the heart of the Zona Rosa, the city’s gay neighbourhood and home to some great bars and clubs. It is also close to where the main day of the dead parade and celebrations are held.
- The Hotel and Suites PF are right in the heart of the gay district, steps from the clubs and bars. Rooms are comfortable with a great range of amenities and staff are friendly.
- The Hotel Geneve is a beautiful grand old hotel with amazing historic decor and excellent service.
Gay Circuit Events during Halloween & Day of the Dead
- Bearmex invites you to Hallowoof, one of the most popular gay costume parties in the city.
- Jubileo presents Mario’s Kingdom, the biggest circuit party in the city. Hola Luigi!
- Nasty hosts Mastermind, the biggest gay Day of the Dead dance party.
- Pervert, a travelling underground party playing the best disco house and techno music in Mexico City.
Recommended Hotels in Mexico City
Here are the our recommended hotels that are all close to the city’s top attractions and the Day of The Dead celebrations:
Gay Map of Mexico City
Mexico City’s best gay bars are located within a short walking distance of all the best hotels in the popular Zona Rosa.
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5 Star, Readers Choice
- 5-star, located in Zona Rosa
- Close to the gay district
- Modern rooms, award-winning
- A perfect blend of business and leisure amenities in a prime location for nightlife and culture.
Sheraton Maria Isabel
5 Star, Location
- 5-star, heart of financial district
- Close to the gay district
- Plush bedding, air-conditioned
- Combining comfort and convenience, ideal for exploring Mexico City’s vibrant lifestyle.
4 Star, Luxury
- 4-star, historic charm in Pink Zone
- Close to the gay district
- On-site spa, free parking
- Historical elegance meets modern luxury, close to major attractions and gay nightlife.
Hotel MX reforma
4, Star, Great Value
- 4-star, near Angel of Independence
- Close to the gay district
- Air conditioning, flat-screen TV
- Contemporary hotel offering comfort and accessibility to key sights and gay bars.
Video of Day of the Dead Mexico
Mexicans celebrate first Day of the Dead procession
Top Gay Neighbourhoods in Mexico City
Zona Rosa is perhaps the most well-known LGBTQ+ area in Mexico City. It’s located in the heart of the city and offers a mix of bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops that cater to the LGBTQ+ community. It’s known for its lively nightlife and vibrant atmosphere.
Zona Rosa | Close to the city centre
- Zona Rosa’s unique blend of LGBTQ+ history, entertainment, shopping, & cultural attractions makes it a dynamic and memorable part of Mexico City.
- The neighborhood is known for its entertainment options, including gay bars, clubs, restaurants, & theaters. It comes alive at night
- Zona Rosa is also a shopping destination, offering a mix of upscale boutiques, international brand stores,& local markets.
- Discover the best things to see and do in Zona Rosa
Condesa is a 15 minute walk from Zona Rosa, a trendy neighborhood with LGBTQ+ friendly cafes, & art scenes.
Next to Condesa & offers a similar atmosphere. It’s known for its historic architecture, trendy eateries.