Route 91 Día de los Muertos Altar
Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a holiday observed throughout Latin America that celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed away. One of the most common traditions during this time is the altars (ofrendas/altares de muertos); this is a tradition originating with the Aztecs as they believed that souls continuously live and enter different realms. The altar is presented in order to commemorate the souls of loved ones and let them know that they are not forgotten and will always be welcome back home.
This November, the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center is once again presenting a traditional altar to remember the lives lost during Route 91. The altar will be displayed at the Great Las Vegas Taco Festival, November 4 through 6 at Craig Ranch Regional Park. Representatives from the Resiliency Center will be there throughout the festival to share information about our services, including on Saturday at 4:30 PM during the celebration of life and balloon release event to read the names and honor the memories of the 58 we lost on 1 October.
We invite everyone impacted by Route 91 to join us during this remembrance event and to view the other altars that will be displayed. If you would like to, you are more than welcome to bring a special item to be put on the altar.*
The organizers of the festival have generously donated some single-day tickets for Route 91 survivors and bereaved family members. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis (four tickets max per person) and must be picked up at the Resiliency Center (2915 W Charleston Blvd, Ste 100, Las Vegas, NV 89102) during our regular business hours, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
In addition to the Day of the Dead altars, the festival will have many taco vendors, a car show, fireworks, lucha libre wrestling, mariachis and other music, carnival rides, hot chili pepper and taco eating contests, a Chihuahua beauty competition, and much more. To learn more about the Great Las Vegas Taco Festival, visit projecttaco.com.
*There will be someone present at the altar at various times during the festival, but we cannot be responsible for the items brought. We will do our best to make sure that what you bring is kept safe and returned back to you.