Bring Out Your Dead

For the third year in a row, Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary will hold its Día de los Muertos Cultural Celebration in the perfect setting: a cemetery.

The event includes a children’s sugar-skull painting workshop, an exhibit of brightly colored altars made by local artists, dancing from Grupo Folklorico Sabor de Mexico, a mariachi band, and art vendors, food and other activities. Artist Jerry Vigil will provide a lecture about altars and other Día de los Muertos traditions.

“Part of the platform of Crown Hill is to provide education to the community about the various cultures that are represented in the community,” says Adrienne Dallagiacoma, who helped organize the celebration for Crown Hill. “The first year, we had 200 people, then 450 to 500 last year. This year, we’re expecting more.”

Although it may seem strange to hold a festival in a cemetery, Crown Hill is dedicated to helping the Irish, Italian and Hispanic cultures understand each other’s memorial customs, Dallagiacoma says. The celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Olinger Crown Hill, 7777 West 29th Avenue in Wheat Ridge; admission is free. Find out more at 303-233-4611 or
Sat., Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2011


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