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MECA’s 21st Annual Día de los Muertos Festival

Photographer: Forest Photography

In Old Sixth Ward, families sat in front of the Pavillion Stage as Ermelinda Cuellar and Friends crooned out notes that brought everyone to attention. Tents upon tents of vendors showcased their artistic skills in hopes of appealing to the browsing shoppers, while trailing scents of corn in a cup, tacos, and Mexican bread attracted hungry visitors. This year’s Día de los Muertos Festival did not disappoint with the variety of cultural activities available to attendees.

Photographer: Forest Photography

The Latino-based organization, Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts (MECA), hosted their 21st annual festival over the weekend. The organization has spent years providing educational programs and resources for the Houston Latino community.

Each year, beautiful ofrendas adorn the halls and auditorium of MECA’s community center, and this year was no exception. There were 28 ofrendas honoring loved ones and community members who have passed. This year’s Ofrendas Exhibition was curated by Luis Gavito and featured a community altar in addition to one dedicated to those whose lives were lost during the pandemic.

Photographer: Forest Photography

Exuberant celebrations continue in the auditorium and the stages located outdoors. A variety of ballet Folklorico groups, indigenous dance groups, and more performed in colorful attire over the two-day festival.

Performers included both children and adults who entertained and educated festival go-ers.

The Ofrenda Exhibition will still be available until November 19th. If you would like to learn more about MECA, please visit

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