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Please help Skeletons, Giant Puppets, Mariachi Musicians, Aztec Icons, and Little Frida Kahlos take to the Streets of South Florida

Giant Puppets, Mariachi Musicians, Aztec Icons, Little Frida Kahlos, World's Tiniest Parade Floats, Drummers, Skeleton Pirates, Circus Performers, Stilt Walkers and some of the most beautiful skull face makeup you'll ever see!

Your support will help pay for the logistics, permits, police, and materials for this event.  You could even walk away with one of the artifacts from the event!  Any payments above the requested amount will go toward giving stipends to the plethora of puppet builders, our 10 lead puppeteers, musicians and help subsidize arts spaces overhead and additional logistics.

On November 2nd, 2012, come dressed to march on the East side of Andrews Avenue or line up to view on the West side of Andrews Avenue between Las Olas and NW 5th Street. Marchers will meet at the Museum of Art Theatre at 5:45 and the Processional Starts at 6:15. Schedule and Processional Line Up Below:

4-5:45pm - Museum of Art Day of the Dead Family Day Anyone dressed as a skeleton or deceased artist can come into the Museum of Art for FREE!

5:45pm - Processional Meeting - Museum of Art Theatre
5:45pm - Mariachi Embajadores Arrives
6pm - Day of the Dead Skeleton Processional Lineup
6:15pm - PROCESSIONAL BEGINS
Processional begins at Museum of Art on Las Olas side heading North on Andrews to FAT Village ARTS District

Tentative Processional Crew Lineup
(This is an outline - Feel free to participate in any part of the processional)
1. Mariachi & Banners
2. Los Angelitos - Children, Families & Giant Animal Puppets
3. Aztecas & Music
4. Giant Catrina Puppet, Catrinas & Mariposas
5. Worlds Tiniest Skeleton Parade Floats & Kazoo Band
6. Fridas, Dead Artists & Dead Musicians
7. Working Stiffs
8. Sugar Sweet Skulls & Giant Skeleton Puppets
9. Creepy ‘n Wild Calavaras escorted by the South Florida Pirate Skeleton Crew
10. Skeleton Circus Performers, Stilt Walkers & Drummers
11. Bride & Groom Giant Skeletons & Banners

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This is our 3rd year and your support is needed as we are undergoing a major expansion. Year 1 - 100 Processional Marchers. Year 2 - 225. This year we already have 450 already signed up on FaceBook for the processional and many more coming to other activities. This expansion creates major risks and challenges.

First we are figuring out a slightly different processional route with less impact on traffic. We also have a larger number of street closures, police and other logistics. We are working with the city to alleviate these challenges but we still anticipate possible hiccups. The challenges when we double the marchers is extensive but the police have been extremely helpful in navigating the risks.

The unspoken risk that is our BIGGEST prospective challenge is of course.... Rain (Or a Hurricane - YES it is still Hurricane Season down here). We haven't worked out all the details but last year we had major winds so we had to make some of the puppets shorter by chopping the support rods on the day of the event. We shall keep our fingers crossed on this one.

No matter what gets thrown at us, we will tackle it with our flexible and innovative volunteer crew.

Even if you cannot underwrite this event we would love to see you there!

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    Signed Limited Edition Hand Printed Serigraph Art Prints by renown artists at Iron Forge Press. These Art Prints have sold out in previous years and Kickstarter is the ONLY way to guarantee receiving this year's print. Must Pick up in Fort Lauderdale after November 2nd.

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    One of the Giant Skeleton Puppets from the Processional designed by Puppet Master and painted and built by our Day of the Dead community - Available puppet selected by the Design team. Buyer must Pick up in Fort Lauderdale after November 2nd.

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