Clark County Parks and Recreation will present the Ofrenda and Calaveras Competition winners for the 19th Annual Life in Death Festival: The Day of the Dead in Las Vegas from 8:05 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Winchester Cultural Center and Park, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn Road. This is the 19th year of honoring the dead and mocking death with the festival's patron, Elizadeath, in the guise of a Las Vegas showgirl.
"Calaveras," or "skulls," which are poems, usually humorous, are written "in memory" of people who are still alive. They treat the menace of death with good-natured humor and offer a chance to poke fun at prominent people. The judges consist of Jorge Galindo, Alicia Rico and Clark County Poet Laureate Heather Lang-Cassera, and will award calavera prizes of $100, $125 and $150 for third, second, and first place respectively and their poems will be read on stage to the festival attendees.
The winner of first place for this year's Calavera Competition is L.C.C Dulce Solis with her poem, "La Otra Cara de Las Vegas." The winner of second place for this year's Calavera Competition is Jairo Garcia with his poem, "Donald Trump." The winner of third place for this year's Calavera Competition is Neal Samuels with his poem, "Trumped by Death." The honorable mention for this year's Calavera Competition is Amy Reed-Sandoval with her poem, "Calavera for Ivanka Trump." Thank you to everyone who participated this year and all winning calaveras will be posted on the walls of the center for the event for attendees to enjoy and read. The ofrenda winners will be selected during the event by selected judges.
Those interested may contact the Winchester Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.