Mexico City's Day of the Dead parade made its way through the Mexican capital in a colourful display on Sunday.

Thousands of people gathered to marvel at the skilfully crafted costumes of the parade's participants. The congregation took off from the city centre and dancing skeletons, busses and floats could be seen making their way to the Polanco area, one of the wealthiest in the city. Late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was also depicted on one of the floats.

Many could be seen with their face painted to resemble 'la Calvera Catrina' a female skeleton which has become symbol of 'Dia de muertos' and made its way into pop culture.

Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico, whereupon people pay their respects to friends and family members who have died. The festivities have existed since the pre-Hispanic era and fuses modern Mexican culture to pre-colonial times. The holiday traditionally takes place near October 31 (All Hallows' Eve), November 1 (All Saints Day) and November 2 (All Souls Day).

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