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Giselle Lovato (left) and other members of the Watsonville dance group, Estrellas de Esperanza, were on hand Friday for the annual Dia De Muertos event in Watsonville Plaza hosted by Watsonville Film Festival. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Live music, dance performances, community altars and family activities filled the afternoon in Watsonville Plaza Friday during the annual Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration.

Watsonville Film Festival partnered with Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Hospice of Santa Cruz County and Watsonville Parks and Community Services to present the free family event.

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These dancers perform Danza de los Diablos, or Dance of the Devil during the event where thousands showed up, many in traditional Day of the Dead attire. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian
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A life-sized skeleton visits one of numerous altars erected at Watsonville Plaza Friday during the Dia De Muertos celebration in Watsonville Plaza. Deceased family and friends were honored with flowers, photos, memorabilia, food and music during the five-hour event. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian
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Evelyn Bedolla showed up at Watsonville Plaza in a giant hat and skeleton outfit. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian
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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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