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Day of the Dead Comparsas in Oaxaca
Aztec skeleton comparsa costumes

Aztec skeleton costumes at a comparsa in Etla

© Suzanne Barbezat
Another Day of the Dead tradition in Oaxaca is the Comparsas. A comparsa is a carnival-like procession of people in costumes, with music and dancing. These take place in many different barrios (neighborhoods) of Oaxaca and also in villages. Often these are informally organized, so it's difficult to know when you'll see them. Some of the most popular comparsas take place in Etla, and many tour agencies in Oaxaca offer trips to Etla to see and participate in the comparsas there, on the night of November 1st.

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