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Photos by Erik Sarni

It was a lively Boyle Heights this weekend, with a number of Dia de Los Muertos celebrations drawing thousands to honor the lives of those who have passed.

First Street (from Boyle Ave to State Street) was the scene of Eastside Luv Wine Bar’s 8th annual music festival with two stages and a line-up of bands including Trio Ellas and the Mexican Institute of Sound.

Down the street, Self Help Graphics and Art, hosted their 40th annual celebration, with a procession that began at Grand Park and featured Grammy award-winning band Quetzal.

Attendants enjoyed face painting, live music and art, grand-scale Calaveras and craft vendors. Elaborate altars, also called “ofrendas,” were displayed as a tribute to those who have passed.

Many also visited local restaurants and traveled from one festival to the next, by foot or via train on the Metro Gold Line.

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth "por y para la comunidad". The newspaper and its sister website serve an immigrant neighborhood in East Los Angeles of just under...

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