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Rain moves Sacramento’s ‘Day of the Dead’ festivities to L Street

Anhelica Ramirez places marigold flowers in the shape of a cross at an altar for family members during the fifth annual Panteón de Sacramento “Day of the Dead” celebration in midtown Sacramento on Nov. 1, 2014. Due to rain, this year’s event will be moved to a covered garage on L Street.
Anhelica Ramirez places marigold flowers in the shape of a cross at an altar for family members during the fifth annual Panteón de Sacramento “Day of the Dead” celebration in midtown Sacramento on Nov. 1, 2014. Due to rain, this year’s event will be moved to a covered garage on L Street. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Due to this weekend’s expected storms, the location of Sacramento’s largest “Day of the Dead” celebration has moved.

El Panteón de Sacramento, including more than 40 Día de los Muertos altars, will now be held in the covered parking garage at 2020 L Street in midtown Sacramento. Originally, the event was to be held at 20th and J streets, two blocks away.

Hosted by the Latino Center of Art and Culture, the seventh annual Day of the Dead event opens to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday with festivities planned through 10 p.m. On Sunday, the panteón – or cemetery – will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to the altars, the free event will feature Mexican music, dancing, a parade of gigantic puppets and other traditional rites honoring the spirits of the dead. Last year, more than 10,000 patrons took part.

For more information, call 916-446-5133 or click on www.lrgp.org.

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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