The 6th Annual Magnolia Park Dia de los Muertos Block Party celebrated Magnolia Park through Dia de los Muertos. For 2019, we relocated to the Magnolia Park icon Hidalgo Park, with the support of District I Council Member Robert Gallegos and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Magnolia Park is a neighborhood that is experiencing twin forces of displacement and erasure. Neighbors are asking the question, will I be able to stay in my neighborhood? and if I stay, will I still recognize it? The Dia De Los Muertos festival responds to the concern of cultural erasure by boldly proclaiming the distinctive identity of Magnolia Park as a largely Mexican-American neighborhood with vibrant art, food,history, and culture.
This was a free event that featured local artists and businesses, gave community access to law enforcement, celebrated local culture, and gave access to local artists Markand Mark-Anthony Pinon. Members of the community, local small business, law enforcement, artists, and local non-profits came together to interact and celebrate. This festival showed the Magnolia Park neighborhood and surrounding communities that art and culture is not something you have to go to the Museum District or other neighborhoods to experience but happens right where we live.