Sean Mack's ATX Adventures: Viva La Vida Festival

A beautiful day for a parade!

October 29, 2018

What a beautiful weekend it was in Austin!  Sunny skies and warm temperatures were a perfect backdrop to the city's 35th annual Viva La Vida Festival and parade downtown.  The festival celebrates the annual tradition of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead-a celebration of loved ones who are no longer with us.  It includes decorative altars and costumes, food and music.

Ready for the parade to start!  And hoping I don't sweat my makeup off.

I loved seeing this sea of little musicians-it looked like a squad full of Miguels from Coco!

Speaking of Coco, a lady in front of us at the parade had a real Xolo, or a Mexican hairless dog!  Legend is that these dogs help escort the spirits back to visit on the day of the dead, and if a dog has white spots on his paws he's done it before.  This guy's been busy!

The parade went across 6th street and then down Congress.  Did I mention the weather was beautiful?

After the parade, there was lots of food and live music-plus a really cool display of low riders.  It's one of the best things to happen in Austin every year-if you missed it, make sure to go next year!