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Viva la Vida Festival and Parade will shut down and light up some streets this weekend

Street closures for festival and Sunday’s AIDS Walk, mapped

Viva la Vida procession 2015
Viva la Vida procession 2015
Beatriz Medina

Dias de los Muertos—holidays during which events to commemorate the dead and celebrate their (and all) lives, originated in Mexico but now observed in much of North, Central, and South America—takes place Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 this year. Mexic-Arte Museum will host its 34th annual Viva la VIda procession and festival on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The festival is both the largest and longest-running of its kind in Austin. This year, as in years past, it will include a Grand Procession, an Education Pavilion with hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music, and performances throughout the day. The 2016 festival saw 100,000 attendees, and the museum expects more this year.

Needless to say, some street closures will be necessary to bring Downtown’s streets alive with celebration. Via the Downtown Austin Alliance, here are closures and a parade map.

Viva la Vida Festival and Parade 2017

Saturday, Oct. 28, noon to 8 p.m.

E 4TH STREET

Between Colorado and Brazos

5am-10pm

E 6TH STREET

Between IH-35 SR and Congress Ave

10:30am-after parade passes

IH-35 SR

Between E. 3rd Street and E. 6th Street

10:30am-after parade passes

SABINE STREET, RED RIVER STREET, NECHES STREET, TRINITY STREET, SAN JACINTO BLVD, AND BRAZOS STREET

Between E. 7th Street and E. 5th Street

10:30am-after parade passes

CONGRESS AVENUE

Between 7th Street and 3rd Street

10:30am-after parade passes

W. 6TH STREET AND W. 4TH STREET

Between Colorado Street and Congress Ave

10:30am-after parade passes

W. 5TH STREET

Between Colorado and Brazos

10:30am-after parade passes

AIDS Walk Austin

The 30th annual AIDS Walk Austin will take place Sunday, kicking off at the newly revived Republic Square Park and proceeding along the route below.

Sunday, Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

W. 4TH STREET

Between San Antonio and Guadalupe

8am-5pm

W. 4TH STREET

Between Guadalupe and Congress Ave

2pm-3pm

CONGRESS AVE

Between 4th Street and 11th Street

2pm-3pm

Mexic-Arte Museum

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