On November second, the streets and shops of downtown Missoula were filled with spooky skeleton faces and smiles all around. The coffee shops and diners were filled with the anticipation for the Festival of the Dead.
Then it began. The streets flooded with painted faces, giant skeletons, crafts, and carts. Bands from the U.M. and Stevensville played. Businesses promoted themselves while holding signs. People showed their support for certain things and some people protest. The crowd was full of wondering faces, young and old, looking upon the parade for their first or last time.
The Day of the Dead is a three-day festival in Mexico. For three days families and friends all around gather to remember loved ones who have passed on. They go to their graves and clean them, pray, and sometimes put shrines in front of them. Even though the tradition originated in Mexico, it is now celebrated all around the world. Countries include Belgium, France, New Zealand, Australia,