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Take part in this unforgettable community event by participating as an altar builder in the FIFTH annual Viva La Vida Dia De Los Muertos Festival in beautiful downtown Santa Ana on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Build an altar dedicated to a loved one or to bring awareness to a social issue.

Being an altar maker is a big responsibility and we strongly suggest enlisting the help of family and friends, as it is a long day. Altar Builders must commit to attending to their altar until 10 pm.

Altars can generate a lot of trash and we do ask for a $25 donation to reserve your altar space to help cover these costs. Please make your check payable to Calacas Inc. Checks can be dropped off at Suavecito HQ (located at 2831 W 1st St) or mailed to Viva La Vida c/o Altar Builder PO Box 2115 Santa Ana CA 92707.

Applications and donations must be received no later than October 20th. Reservations are given on a first come, first-served basis and we do anticipate that Altar spaces will fill up. For additional info, please contact Jessica Arambula
Altar Guidelines
•Space allotted per altar is an 8 x 8 foot area (about 1 1/2 parking stall). If you require more space, please let us know before the day of the event.
•Altars are assigned on a first come first served basis, if you would like to be next to family or friends' altar you must arrive together.
•No Halloween | Gothic | New Age altars.
•Each altar must provide a fire extinguisher OR one bucket of water & one bucket of sand as a fire precaution.
•No candles to be lit before candlelight procession. Procession to begin around dusk when La Catrina will walk through altars and light a ceremonial candle. Altar makers can then use the ceremonial candle to light the rest of their altar's candles. Once the altar candles are lit, the altar must have an attendant present at all times.
•Due to unexpected wind, please place heavy materials on altar (rocks, glass, weights, etc.)
•No vending, selling, soliciting donations or passing out promotional material allowed from altar spaces or you will be asked to leave the event immediately!
•Your altar area must be cleaned at the end of the event! If we have to clean up after you, you will not be invited back next year!
•Viva La Vida/Calacas cannot be held responsible for any items left or forgotten. Any unclaimed items will become property of Viva La Vida/Calacas Inc. By completing the Altar Builder application, parties agree to hold harmless Viva La Vida, Calacas, City of Santa Ana and sponsors for loss, theft or damage.
•Being an altar maker is a big responsibility! Please enlist the help of family & friends!
•Check in will begin at 7 AM
•All altars must be assembled by 12:00 pm; No disassembly before 10:00 pm.

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