Day of the Dead~ Los Colores del Muerto Celebration 10/30 1-7p

Day of the Dead wrap up:
The Museums of Port Isabel Celebrates their Annual Los Colores del Muerto!

The Museums of Port Isabel, in collaboration with the City of Port Isabel, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, the Laguna Madre Art League, their Annual  Day of the Dead festival – “Los Colores Del  Muerto” on Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Port Isabel Historical Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. in Port Isabel. The Port Isabel Lighthouse will be closed, until further notice as steps on the interior are restored.

Dia de los Muerto, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican custom of celebrating all souls and all saints day in a festive atmosphere.  Because the Mexican culture  find joy in remembering loved ones who have passed away, they spend a night and a day at the burial sight of the deceased family members, honoring the memories of their lives. Traditionally, the Day of the Dead was a three day and three night festival that mixed Spanish Catholicism with Mesoamerican Indian roots. The ancient custom has now been transformed to fit the Mexican-American households of today. The Mexican culture believes that deceased children return to visit Earth on the last day of October, and the faithful dead return on November 2nd. At this time every year, families gather at cemeteries to clean and adorn the graves of their deceased loved ones. The Museum celebrates the heritage and artistic expression of this custom with traditional and non-traditional altars and festivities. See more… >

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Throughout the  day there will be Day of the Dead Altars and Artwork on display in the Treasures of the Gulf Art Gallery.
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.:
Live Entertainment with Musical group “Ensamble La Misión – Laura Foncerrada”
2:00 p.m.:
Skull candy workshop with Jessica Villescaz & Omar Fonseca & Altar Making in a cigar box workshop with the Laguna Madre Art League
3:00 p.m.:
Inside the Treasures of the Gulf Museum (Special Day of the Dead Play by Gloria Bates)
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Outdoor event featuring Ken Trevino and students from the Port Isabel with Short Stories, Poetry, & Music
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.:
Presentation with Manuel Hinojosa on “The History of Day of the Dead”
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
– Encore presentation of “Day of the Dead” play by Gloria Bates


1- Amber Erica (Jewelry)
2- Susie Alcocer (Jewelry)
3- Ed & Jesse (Antiques)
4- Museums of Port Isabel (T-Shirts)
5- Carmen (Jewelry, Toys & Hair Fashions)
6- Alma (Vinatge Jewelry & Mexican Lottery T-Shirts)
7- Angel (Corn in the Cup)
8- Isaura (Hot Dogs, Nachos, Frito Pies, Hot Cheetos & Chesse, Cotton Candy, Chocolate Candy Bars & Cornuts
9- Sylvia (Tamales & Fruit Cups)
10- Ana (Chicken Enchiladas & Tostadas, Frijos a la Charra & Chicharones
11- Aby (Soft Drinks & Popcorn)
12- Pi Fire Dept (Fajiata, Chicken & Sausage Tacos)
13- Lynette (Information: Green Mountain)
14- Denise (Aqua Frescas & Pan de Muerto)
15- City of Port Isabel Finance Dept (Candy Apples, Cupcakes & Kiddie Stuff)
16- Laguna Madre Humane Society (Pets for Adoption)
17- Laguna Madre Humane Society (Pets for Adoption)
18- Monica (Baked Goods: Brownies, Pies, Cookies & Cakes)
19- Tom (Hands on Hondures: Jewelry)
20- Pete (Funnel Cakes & Caramel Corn)
21- Patricia (Face Painting)

HALLOWEEN COMMUNITY STREET DANCE! We are encouraging children and adults to dress in costumes in the Halloween spirit and dance the night away!!! 8:00 – 11:00pm – Halloween Community Street Dance brought to you by the City of Port Isabel and the Museums of Port Isabel. Live Music by Risueno!

DAY OF THE DEAD T-SHIRTS: A limited number of Day of the Dead t-shirts will be available! Based on the poster design, the artwork features a stylized skull using motifs important to Port Isabel’s history, including the Port Isabel Lighthouse, a shrimp boat and Gulf shrimp. They will be available for sale at the Museums Gift Shop.

VENDOR or ALTAR SUBMISSION INFO: If you are interested in vending  or altar submission opportunities at the Day of the Dead event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956/943-7602, email: or fill out online forms for Altar Submission or Vendor Application.