Black Tie Day Of The Dead Gala And Fiesta
Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
About The Event:
NOTE: YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 21 TO ATTEND.
Tonight, you are invited to embrace the season where very few else can say – ON MEXICAN SOIL!
At this special gala, we will be combining the American Halloween season with the treasured Mexican holiday/spiritual event. You’ll be transported into a world filled with the wonders of the PreColombian legends and the beauty of Mexican beaches as we celebrate the holidays with our unique International Touch.
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember beloved ones that have died. (Wikipedia.com)
This evening, we invite you to come in either black tie (optional) or masquerade style (optional) and dance as they do on the most elegant (and eerie) of dance floors and ballrooms of throughout Mexico
DAY OF THE DEAD LIVE MARIACHI DANCING AND MUSIC:
To commerate the spirit of Día de los Muertos, you’ll experience a live costumed Mariachi troupe with music and dancing. Its members have origins from all over Mexico and other parts of Latin America. The traditional mariachi ensemble emerged in the 1800′s in several western states of Mexico, including Jalisco, Nayarit, Colima, and Michoacán, among others.
Native dancers will be on hand to perform and teach traditional Mexican (and Día de los Muertos) dancing, in addition to performing an amazing, authentic Mariachi dance performance with traditional costumes!
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ALTAR
As you likely never have seen before, the Mexican Cultural Institute will be displaying a Day of the Dead Altar. Tonight, we will take part in a celebration that tries to awaken the dead to join us in a Mexican and American Halloween Style celebration.
See the remarkable décor of the historic mansion that hosts the Mexican Cultural Institute and learn about their fantastic murals.
DJ AND LATE NIGHT DANCING:
One of Washington, D.C.’s best D.J.s will rival the best nightclubs in Cancun with both American and Mexican pop music and dancing. Includes modern high energy, Retro, Salsa, today’s top 40 hits, and much more!
DAY OF THE DEAD BUFFET:
Challenge your taste buds with an authentic Mexican buffet. Featuring American and Mexican Halloween/Day of the Dead style treats for your enjoyment. Including:
Pan de Muerto: Day of the Dead Decorated Bread
Chicken Pasilla Empanada:Chicken Empanadas
Tequila Infused Queso Fundido and Tomato Salsa
Warm Cheese Dip
Taco Chips, Carrots and Celery
Spicy Chocolate Mousse with Black Rice and Sour Cherries
Tres Leche Cake
Special American Halloween Treats and Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Enjoy an open bar featuring a wide array of Mexican beers, wines and, of course, Tequila! (You must be 21 or over to consume alcohol and to attend this event.)
One of the members of the Embassy of Mexico will give some remarks and speak about the Mansion and the Day of the Dead Celebration.
WIN A TRIP TO MEXICO:
A special drawing will take place for all attendees as one person will win hotel accommodations and plane to Mexico!
The Embassy’s Cultural Center is a unique and beautiful building, one of the best of its kind in the world. It contains several large floors, each displaying the charms of the different regions of our neighbor to the south.
Tonight, we will pick three winners (one on Mexican themed, one on scariness, and one on originality Winner will receive prizes.
Note: This is primarily a stand up, buffet style reception with limited seating throughout the evening. We will have limited tables and chairs, but will not be able to accommodate seating for all attendees at one time. If you have any special needs, please email events@thingstodoDC.com in advance.