City of Denison holds Día de los Muertos celebration

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - People filled the streets in Denison Saturday for the last day of Día de los Muertos.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a three-day-long holiday that originated in Mexico. During the holiday, people celebrate and remember loved ones who have died.

Downtown Denison came alive at Heritage Park on the last day with food, live music and a parade.

"I think it means a lot to people in general. We've had Día de Muertos for a long time, and it's just a way to remember those that have passed," said Barb Stewart, president of the Denison Arts Council.

Aztec dancers put on traditional performances at the park and during the parade.

"We're very thankful. We like to be included into our local things, and we like to come and give everybody something that we have like our culture. We like to spread it to everybody here," said dancers with Danza Azteca Chichimeca Aztlan.

The Denison Arts Council has planned the event for the last eight years. Anyone in the community is welcomed to get involved.