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Dia De Los Muertos to be observed in Hammond

The NWI Dia De Los Muertos Festival will take place at St. Casimir School in Hammond Oct. 27.

The Day of the Dead will be celebrated at St. Casimir School in Hammond this month.

The NWI Dia De Los Muertos Festival will take place from 1 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 in the gym of the Catholic school at 4329 Cameron Avenue in Hammond. The celebration of the Mexican holiday remembers family and friends who died with skull iconography, alters and marigolds. It will feature Mexican food vendors, music, mariachi bands, beer, sangria and a Michelada bar.

"We are excited to bring this first-time event to St. Casimir School,” said Monica Jimenez-Susoreny, president of JumpStartPR, which is organizing the festival. “The fest was designed as an opportunity to bring families and the community together in celebration of Mexican culture. We couldn't find a more perfect way to celebrate Mexican culture or be more excited about this event. The positive response has been overwhelming.”

The festival will include craft vendors, face painting, a bouncy house, and performances by the Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo and the Ballet Folklorico of East Chicago.

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Tickets are now $3 and include water. Some of the proceeds will go to scholarships for families that want to but don't have the resources to provide a Catholic education to their kids.

“The goal is to bring this event to several locations/schools throughout Northwest Indiana next year with the intent to raise money for scholarship funds and Home and School Association/PTA donations for school improvement projects," Susoreny said. “This event literally went viral overnight and tickets are selling fast. It is recommended to pre-purchase your tickets because space is limited.”

For more information, find JumpStartPR on Facebook or find tickets on eventbrite.com.

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