TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__ NOTO kicked off the celebration that remembers the lives of our ancestors and brought guests out to participate in the street fair.
"The husband got called into work so the girls needed something to do with the kids. It's just a great family oriented function and we're having a great time." Shared Erin Schneider.
"There is lots of free arts and crafts for the kids and they've just had a blast. We can't convince any of them to get their faces painted yet, but hopefully before we get home, one of them will get their face painted." Added Christina Trimmer.
The face painting is symbolic to the event, representing sugar skulls which are a key component to the festival. Vendors could be seen lining the street with sugar skulls for sale, helping bring business to NOTO.
"There is lots of exposure not only to NOTO, but to my business and all of our businesses and the artists. That's basically how all of this started was the artists. We don't have a lot of money for advertising so this is absolutely fantastic." Said owner of Rewind Pat Doll.
This event brings in more than just business. Attendees gathered to enjoy traditional music and foods from Mexico. Guests also say they had some other favorites as well.
"Definitely it was the different dancing and the cultural events because you learn so much about how everybody is different, but we are all the same and some of this stuff is absolutely beautiful." Stated Brenda Guilfoyle.
With Halloween right around the corner, these skulls may look spooky, but they represent a positive part of life, the whole reason why we celebrate the day of the dead.
"I think it's an absolutely beautiful way to celebrate our ancestors, to remember the people that have come before you. The whole reason why we're here is because of our ancestors and it's a wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate their lives." Guilfoyle said.
Dia De Los Muertos lasts until November 1st, and will hold different events throughout the city.
For a list of events click the link below.