Son of musician Lalo Guerrero remembers father on Dia de los Muertos

Son of musician Lalo Guerrero remembers father on Dia de los Muertos

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The time for ghosts, goblins and ghouls is over, now Sunday is all about remembering those who have passed.

Hundreds of people attended a Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Desert Memorial Park Sunday.

Mark Guerrero, son of the late Lalo Guerrero who was honored at the celebration, said honoring the dead can be a comfort to so many. 

"He had a great sense of humor and I usually think of things he said and laugh to this day," Guerrero said. 

He spent Sunday honoring his father who passed away 10 years ago.

"He was a very loved person and here in the valley he lived here from 1973 till be passed away," Guerrero said.

Guerrero said it's important to not only remember those who have passed on but honor their legacy.      

"His musical talent, he was a great in every genre you can think of, including comedy," Guerrero said. 

Families from across the valley flocked to the grave sites of loved ones to spend a day with them.

Organizers of the celebration said it's important to clarify the meaning of the day.

"People so miss understand the actual culture of it all. They think its associated with Halloween and it's morbid but it's actually not. Its one of the most special, time honored memories of a loved one you could ever do," said Kathleen Jurasky the District Manager of Palm Springs Cemetery District.

The deceased are honored with traditional dances, mariachi bands and facing painting. 

One of the day's traditions is to bring those lost some of their favorite things.

"You're at the grave site where your loved one has been buried and your bringing their favorite things their favorite music their favorite food to celebrate and honor them," Jurasky said. 

Guerrero said at his fathers community alter there shouldn't be anything healthy.

"Everything except the healthy things. Not the fruits and vegetables. He loved food and he loved eating, he loved Mexican food and it's true he ate very few salads in his day and he lived to 88, so go figure," Guerrero said.

Dia de los Muertos celebrations continues until the end of the day Monday.

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