Mexico's skeleton parade celebrates the dead

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image captionHundreds of people dressed up as skeletons to take part in a parade celebrating the dead. They were surrounded by marigolds, a flower which is thought to guide the spirit of the dead with its vivid colours and scent.
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image captionMake-up artists were on hand all day to make participants look like La Catrina, the name given to an elegant skeletal figure popular in Mexican culture.
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image captionThe event, held in the run-up to the Day of the Dead celebrations on 1 and 2 November, is aimed at all ages and whole families dressed up to take part in the parade.
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image captionWhile La Catrina is a female figure, there were also plenty of catrines, La Catrina's male equivalent, on parade.
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image captionCouples proved romance is not dead in the afterlife. Day of the Dead parades were not held on a big scale in the capital until they were popularised by the James Bond film Spectre last year.
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image captionSince then, Mexicans have taken to it with gusto, even getting out their wedding dresses to get the perfect Catrina look.
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image captionElegance is key to being a good Catrina.
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image captionBeards are as trendy in the afterlife as they are among the living hipsters.

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