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In a preview to the Mexico’s internationally acclaimed two-day Day of the Dead celebrations, which are observed each year on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, more than 600 ghoulish skeletons, zombie-like walking dead and fantastic multihued creatures took to the streets of Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 29, in a promenade of horror and moribund fun.

This year’s annual parade of all-things-scary-and-death-related was dedicated to the “Navel of the Moon,” in keeping with ancient pre-Colombian Mexica (Aztec) culture, which linked all human birth and death to lunar movements.

The four-hour, 8-kilometer march began at the Lions Gate roundabout on Avenida Paseo de la Reforma and wound its way down Avenida Juárez and 5 de Mayo to finish in the main plaza Zócalo, with a musical concert by Mexican-American singer Angelia Aguilar.

More than 1 million people, many dressed in costumes, reportedly attended the parade and concert, which was sponsored by the Mexico City Culture Secretariat.

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