Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido’s wife, Laura Saari, is an accomplished freelance writer, and her latest article should be of interest to our readers. Saari has written an article about Dia de los Muertos, in Orange Coast Magazine. Here are a few excerpts from her article:
Halloween in Orange County is all about the drama: too much Disney with cleavage, too many Glinda the Good Witches, too much rented imagination. Needing respite—and recovering from a party that found me dancing with three gay guys in burqas—I headed to the Santa Ana Artists Village.
It was about 10 p.m. during the First Saturday Artwalk, but as I turned the corner onto the Second Street Promenade, High Mass rose up to meet me. Hundreds of flickering candles lighted the old brick street outside the Grand Central Art Center. Frankincense choked the air. Everyone seemed to be murmuring. The street was quiet, everyone reverent. An art installation, I thought. Then I saw a few skeletons on a display, and it finally clicked: I’d just stumbled into my first Day of the Dead. Continue reading