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Safely Celebrating Dia de los Muertos in the City of Tracy

Posted: Oct 27, 2020
Location: Tracy, Calif.

The City of Tracy, Arts Education Program (AEP) will have an Ofrenda (altar) on display in the South Gallery windows at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  The altar, designed by local artist Gloria Toscano, will be on display beginning at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 28 through Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Gloria Toscano states, “Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration where families gather to honor the memory of deceased loved ones on November 1st and 2nd.  The origins of Dia de los Muertos are rooted in the early traditions of Catholicism and the ancient traditions of the Aztec empire. It is believed that spirits return from the afterlife to enjoy this time in the company of loved ones.  Spirits are guided home to enjoy offerings left on Ofrendas (altars) that are meticulously crafted by the living.”

Community members are encouraged to view the altar while practicing safe social distancing from the sidewalks at 715 Central Avenue in downtown Tracy.  The annual altar is created with incredible detail and symbolism, with each item carrying a specific meaning.  Please visit to learn about Ofrendas and the meaning of the items placed upon it.

While the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, programming is still being developed and offered for our community.  Please visit www.atthegrand.org  to learn more about the distance learning classes being offered by the AEP through Zoom.


IMAGE: Dia de los Muertos Family Day Ofrenda, 2019

Image courtesy of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.  All rights reserved.



Tracy is centered in a triangle formed by major interstates I-205 to the North, I-580 to the west and I-5 to the east.  A collaboration of effort from our elected officials, employees and citizens means Tracy is a clean and safe community where opportunity, growth, and success prosper.  We invite you to come for a visit, open your business, and settle down to raise a family in Tracy. Take a look “Inside the Triangle.” You’ll like our pace, and you’ll love the place!



Kim Scarlata, Division Manager

Grand Theatre Center for the Arts

715 Central Avenue Tracy, CA  95376

(209) 831-6858



Valerie Pavlakis, Arts Education Coordinator

(209) 831-6279


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