By Gary George
What was billed as the Inaugural Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration at the Victor Valley Memorial Park on 11th Street in Victorville was a big success on October 26.
The event, held in the parking lot, saw vendors and live entertainment as well as many attendees dressed in costumes and makeup.
Chet Hitt, co-owner of the memorial park, made the decision to promote the event with no admission fee and no fee charges for the vendors willing to take a chance on the first-time event.
Two vendors working together, Melissa Rauch and Nikki Smith, said that they paid nothing to set up but that they were going to pay $185 on November 2 to be at the Riverside Dia de Los Muertos. They were happy with the arrangement.
The Riverside event started about five years ago and originally had an attendance not unlike Victorville’s first year.
This year Riverside attracted approximately 18,000 people at what is now an all-day event.
The memorial park’s event was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and it would be a surprise if it did not grow quickly.