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El Dia de los Difuntos

October 28

| Free

Florida Living History, Inc., and the Tolomato Cemetery Preservation Association will present an exciting new event based on the Spanish tradition of El Día de los Difuntos (Day of the Deceased) on Saturday, October 28, 2017, with historical demonstrations throughout the day and a torch-lit procession in the evening.

In keeping with the tradition of this significant day in Hispanic culture, everyone is invited to join in and honor the memory of loved ones who have died. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., docents from the Tolomato Cemetery Preservation Association will offer demonstrations of the customs and traditional foodways associated with this holiday, when preparations are made for All Souls Day. Florida Living History reenactors will be on hand, and will portray several historical figures who are buried at the Tolomato Cemetery.

At 7 p.m., the Marcha de la Santa Compaña (March of the Holy Company) will proceed from the Plaza along St. George Street to the City Gate. This torch-lit procession will include historical reenactors representing the souls of “The Noble and Loyal City’s” citizens.

The event will end with an abbreviated production of the play, Don Juan Tenorio, at the Tolomato Cemetery.

The entire event is free and open to the public.