Day of the Dead on Columbia Road

Columbia Road Shops will be celebrating London Day of the Dead Festival on 29th October 2022 from 12pm onwards.

The Mexican… is familiar with death. [He] jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it.It is one of his favorite toys and his most steadfast love.” –Octavio Paz: ‘The Labyrinth of Solitude’.

The Day of the Dead is, despite its name, a joyful celebration honouring the passing of loved ones. On this day it is believed that the spirits of the ancestors return. They are honoured and remembered by their families and friends on Earth. Flowers are an intrinsic part of the festival.

Yellow flowers, such as marigolds, are used to decorate homes so the spirits can find their way home. Flowers symbolise the transience of life.

The street is a stage and we invite you to join us & to come other than you are

Program for the day: 

12pm Day of the Dead Beauty Parlour opens at Breathe 57 Columbia Rd Get the look! £6 for hair or make or £10 for both.

12pm Lunch served at Cheeky Chico’s  – tacos, churros & margarita’s. First come first served.

12pm Mexican hot chocolate at Milagros

12pm The artist Michelle Mason from Mason & Painter has created a shrine at Ezra Street Courtyard.

12.30am Day of the Dead Yoga -rattle your bones – prompt start at 12.30pm on Ezra Street Courtyard

1pm Mexican Skelly dog procession starting at Dog Walk Style 158a Columbia Road

1.30pm The best dressed dog competition at Dog Walk Style 158a Columbia Road

2pmThe Trick and Treat  Day of the Dead dog competition of Dog Walk Style 158 Columbia Road

3.00pm The Border Morris dancers will dance summoning up the spirits with themes of rebirth & death at the Bird Cage

3.30/ 4pm The Mariachi and Colour Walk People  leaving from The Bird Cage. Join the procession.

4.30/5pm The walk will leave from Cheeky Chico’s

5/5.30pm The best dressed for Day of the Dead will be presented with a Lily Vanilli cake by the Colour Walk People in Ezra St Courtyard.

5pm Cheeky Chicos dinner is a la carte from 5pm. Book now on their website

We look forward to seeing you x