"Mexican Celebration at Gunwharf Quays" Portsmouth Things to Do Tip by AlexandraBarry

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11th - 29th October

Gun Wharf Quays

Dia de los Muertos, in Mexico, is a fiery fiesta celebrating the life and passing of our ancestors.

? Butterfly & Giant Skull
? Day of the Dead Workshops
? Day of the Dead Parade & Entertainment
? Spectacular Fireworks Display

Butterfly & Giant Skull
11th - 28th October

The giant inflatable skull, celebrating the lives of those who have
gone before, arrives at Gunwharf Quays on 11th October and will
be situated in Caen Marche and The Avenues until 28th October.
You are invited to place your 'offering' onto the skull to express your
wish for change and future happiness.

Offerings are in the form of decorated butterflies, an example of the cycle of life, and can be obtained from the following:

Visitor Information Centre ? La Tasca ? aspex gallery ? Gap
Fire & Stone ? Las Iguanas ? Past Times ? Tiger Tiger ? Chiquitos

Once you have decorated your offering, please place it onto our skull shrine and join us again on 29th October for our Day of the Dead procession.

Day of the Dead Workshops
25th - 29th October at 12pm - 4pm

Join the UK?s leading carnival artists, Same Sky and Copperdoller, to create Mexican Day of the Dead inspired memorabilia to either take home or to become part of the parade on Friday 29th October.

The free workshops take place in the marquee in Central Square.

Activity includes:

? Catarina headdresses and garlands
? Skeleton and Butterfly tabards
? Skull lantern shrines
? Skull masks

Plus see a photo gallery of old Mexico courtesy of Chiquitos. Also visit Chiquitos 26th - 28th Oct, 9.30am - 11am for the free fajita factory!!

Day of the Dead Parade & Spectacular Fireworks Display
29th October
Entertainment from 6.30pm / Display 8pm

Watch our Day of the Dead parade as it leads to the waterfront and the spectacular firework display. A giant 15? skull with drummers and performers will lead a 100 strong procession of skull lantern carriers from schools around Portsmouth including Milton Cross, King Richards,
St Georges, St Edmunds, Park Community School and participants from our half term workshops. Plus Victory Morris Dancers, Drum Nation, giant Butterflies, piņatas and lots more!

See The World Famous push the boundaries of fireworks as art, as
Portsmouth Harbour is alight with a choreographed Mexican Day of
the Dead meets Halloween display. This year the display also includes
the lights of the Spinnaker Tower.

Address: Gunwharf Quays PO1 3TZ
Directions: Portsmouth Harbour
Website: http://www.gunwharf-quays.com

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