By Gil Guevara, Jr., Creative/Artistic Director for Artistas Latinx en Accíon Siempre (A.L.A.S.)
On Saturday, October 15, A.L.A.S. and Pop’s Sweets an’ Treats Shop brought a Day of the Dead Festival to downtown Mt. Clemens, MI. with the support of Sterling Heights Councilman Henry Yanez, The Ethnic Community Council of Sterling Heights, and The Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.
The outdoor family-friendly event featured 50+ Vendors; 5 Food Trucks; The Macomb County Sheriff’s Department; The Anton Art Center; Mt. Clemens Public Library; Families Against Narcotics (F.A.N.); The Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan; Macomb County Pride; The Arts Academy in the Woods (AAW of Fraser, MI); National Honor Society, and five student vendors from AAW. Entertainment included Local Surf Rock Band; Los Slot Rods; The Asian Pacific Cultural Movement & Entertainment of Michigan; Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel; Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan Hula Dance Group, and RicanStruction!