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The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival in Birmingham was recognized last week by USA Today as one of the top ten Day of the Dead celebrations in the country.
According the the Bare Hands Gallery website, the event was founded 12 years ago in November 2003, as a Día de los Muertos commemoration installation at Bare Hands Gallery by artist Tracy Martin in honor of her father, noted civil rights photographer James “Spider” Martin, who died earlier that year. Spider’s memorial was eagerly embraced by a small group of artists and friends, and thus began the celebration at Bare Hands every November 2 that grew with each passing year, becoming a cherished cultural celebration of life — and death — in Birmingham.
This year’s November 2, 2016 event was held at Cahaba Brewing to an enormous overflowing crowd. Bham Now was there with Larry O. Gay, one of Birmingham’s most creative photographers, to capture the event.