Approximately 150 IUP and community members joined the Skeleton Procession. The Mariachis headed the parade, the IUP Steel Band Drummers ended the parade, while the giant puppet heads, Joan VanDyke (Department of Theater and Dance), Liz Keller's dance group, and other IUP and community participants sandwiched the middle of the procession.
The amazing IUP Steel Band Drummers materialized during the Skeleton Procession, giving samples of their talents and catching everyone’s eye.
The lively Mariachi Zelaya played folkloric Mexican songs throughout the evening after the Skeleton Procession, in addition to boleros, canciónesrancheras, danzones and tango. The public began asking for special song requests. The last song request and song played was Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”
The public began making special song requests of Mariachi Zelaya, including “Macarena.” When it was time to lock up the museum, no one wanted to leave-they wanted the fiesta to continue. It was a night to remember.
Moments in time of the Day of the Dead Festival on Saturday, October 31, 2015. Author and creator of the video clip is IUP student Michael Cutlip.