CT's Annual 'Day of the Dead' Parade Honors COVID-19 Victims
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- This year, New Haven's Day of the Dead parade has taken on new significance as organizers dedicated it to the nearly 230,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
Human rights and workers' rights advocates built a Dia de los Muertos altar at City Hall and invited the public to add photos of their loved ones as part of the 10th annual event. Megan Fountain, with the nonprofit Unidad Latina en Accion, said much of the pandemic's terrible death toll could have been avoided.
"We need to take this moment -- the Day of the Dead -- to take a look at our society and ask why, in a country that could be offering the best health care to everyone, why have we had the worst response to COVID? And what are we going to do in the future to change?" Fountain said.
Vehicles decorated with giant Dia de Los Muertos puppets formed a colorful caravan in downtown New Haven carrying the banner: "honor the dead, fight for the living, vote against hate."
Fountain noted Black and Latino people are 3-times more likely than whites to die of COVID. So she implores voters to cast their ballots for a brighter future.
"We can create a new government that respects human rights, that values the lives of immigrants, that values the lives of African Americans, and ushering in a new era of democracy, human rights and immigrants' rights," she said.
Advocates are calling for a vote on the HEROES Act stimulus bill, which has been stalled in the U.S. Senate for months.
The Day of the Dead event was cosponsored by Black & Brown United in Action, Hamden Action Now, Casa Otoñal and the Bregamos Community Theater.
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