**Day of the Dead returns to downtown Kenosha**

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Kenosha Creative Space to reprise authentic Mexican cultural celebration on Nov. 4

The Day of the Dead will again come alive in Downtown Kenosha early in November.

Kenosha Creative Space is returning with its second annual Day of the Dead alley/block party from 4 to 11 p.m. Nov. 4.

This authentic Mexican cultural celebration will include live music and art exhibitions – including a community mural display and a sugar skull exhibit – plus food and drink vendors. Proceeds will benefit Kenosha Creative Space’s ongoing efforts to move into a permanent, bricks-and-mortar home in the city’s downtown.

The festivities will be located in the 600 block of 57th Street, as well as in the alleyway directly to the north.

This is the second straight year Kenosha Creative Space has staged Day of the Dead activities in the downtown. Day of the Dead is a joyful Mexican holiday that combines observance of All Souls Day with a festive remembrance of lost ancestors.

“It’s exciting for us to bring this celebration back to downtown Kenosha,” said Francisco Loyola, executive director of Kenosha Creative Space. “This is a fun way to celebrate Mexican culture, as well as Kenosha’s evolving arts culture.”

This year’s event will feature an increased emphasis on authentic Mexican music. Performers include Cuerdas del Caribe, a seven-musician ensemble; the Renacer Guitar Senior Orchestra from the Milwaukee United Community Center Senior Center; Trio Norteño; an eight-piece Classic Spanish Guitar Orchestra; and Mariachi Mexico, featuring seven musicians.

Food vendors will include Pedro’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine, De La Rosa Mexican Food Truck and Olano’s Empanadas.

Event sponsors include the City of Kenosha, the Kenosha News, CJW Inc., the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the Coffee Pot, the Kenosha Community Foundation and Salon on Sixth, which will offer traditional Day of the Dead face painting/makeup. Sponsorship opportunities remain available for businesses, organizations and individuals who wish to support the event.

“The Day of the Dead event is another example of Kenosha Creative Space’s efforts to reach out to the community in many ways,” said Robert Schneider, president of the organization’s Board of Directors. “Earlier this fall, it was a beach party on Simmons Island. Now it’s another lively celebration in the streets – and alleyways – of downtown Kenosha.”

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About Kenosha Creative Space Inc.: A nonprofit organization established in February 2016, Kenosha Creative Space is committed to creating economic opportunities for local artists, musicians, creatives, entrepreneurs and their local partner organizations. The partner organizations and individual supporters share the goal of using their collective resources for the mutual benefit of the Kenosha Creative Space, the creative community and the community at large.

Kenosha Creative Space remains engaged in the process of identifying and developing a permanent home in the downtown. Donations to the organization benefit that effort, as well as continued arts programming for the community.

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