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City’s Cultural Observance Honors Those That Have Passed
day of the dead
Riverbank High School freshmen in Mr. Mercado’s AVID class were making accessories for their Catrina for the upcoming Dia de los Muertos celebration on Friday, Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Photo Contributed

The City of Riverbank along with advisor Nancy Garcia is hosting a Día de los Muertos celebration at Plaza del Rio Park in downtown Riverbank on Friday, Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be a Catrin and Catrina Parade and contest for people 12 years old and older. Guests are invited to participate in the community altar where they can add items of their dearly departed after 1 p.m. on Friday.

There are currently 20 altars that will be on display. Some of the festivities will include a DJ, Folklorico dancers and food vendors. Local students have worked on festive decorations for the celebration. The students in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) class at Riverbank High School are in a friendly competition to create the best Catrina.

“We are diligently working on getting our program together,” said Garcia. “We are expecting a larger crowd this year and hope for an enjoyable time.”

This celebration is to reunite the living with dead and to honor those that have passed, bringing families and community together.

This is the third event that has been held in downtown Riverbank. There is no cost to attend the event.

Interested parties can register for an altar or the Catrin and Catrina contest at or call 209-863-7150 for more information.

day of the dead
The Hispanic Student Association created an altar at last year’s Dia de los Muertos celebration in downtown Riverbank. - photo by Ric McGinnis