Volunteer for the Day of the Dead Festival!
Birmingham, Alabama's Día de los Muertos festival is an ENORMOUS, mostly volunteer, effort! This year we are grouping our wonderful volunteers into teams or krewes, as we like to call them.
If you see a krewe or two that you want to join, fill in the form below and we will connect you to your captain for further instructions. Pick more than one krewe in case your first choice is taken. A few of our teams only need a small number of volunteers. Thank you very much for your desire to be part of our volunteer family!
Communications Director - Kaitlyn Parsons
Communications Krewe - Captain Kaitlyn Parsons
Communications and Public Relations skills are an asset for the many projects of this busy krewe all year long!
Altars - Captain Helga Mendoza
Lights & Murals Installation – Captain Don - Cahaba
Hang the many strands of decorative lights over head and along the wall and hang murals. Remove and stores the lights and murals mentioned above
Port-o-let Décor Creation – Captain TBA
Create the fabulous port-o-let decorations. Adorn the festival port-o-lets as remembrances to famous “Dead Johns”. Un-adorn the festival port-o-lets.
Art & Props Reclamation and Repair – Captain Tiffany Meredith
Repair, clean and spruce up festival art pieces and props, and re-purpose damaged or unused art pieces and props
Puppet Tending – Captain Tiffany Meredith
Clean and spruce up the puppets to make them parade ready
Public Altar Space - Captain Spider Kilgore
Unpack and prep all items for the public altar spaces: bases/tables, fabrics, water & salt vessels, votive candles, votive holders, prayer candles, silk flowers, lights, marigolds, light. Show people the public altar spaces, help them find a spot, and give information cards on how and when to retrieve personal altars or recycle. Two work 1.5 hour shifts on Nov 1 and three work 1.5 hour shifts on Nov 2.
Beginning Nov, remove and repack all of the public altar elements. Collect any personal altars left behind to be retrieved by Nov. Work on Nov 1 (noon – 3pm) and Nov 2 (4pm – 7pm).
Roll Call Grotto - Captain Matt Layne
Create art for the newly expanded Roll Call Grotto tent representing the story of Dia de los Muertos and Bare Hands Dia de los Muertos Festival.
Festival Fridas - Captain Mary Lyn Russo
Dress in costume as Frida, Diego, La Catrina or El Catrin, welcome people to the festival, answer festival questions, speak at events about Bare Hands and the festival.
Children's Public Altar - Captain Ferah Tatum
Letter's to Heaven - Captain TBD
Performance Manager - Vangie Limon
Festival Director - Jennifer Gowers
Artists Manager - Captain Lucy Freeman
Sugar Skull Classes - Captain Amy Seiber
Teach/assist the scheduled Sugar Skull Decorating Classes
Altar Box Classes - Captain Amy Seiber
Teach/assist the scheduled Memorial Altar Box Making Classes
Local Artists Area – Captain Willow Scott
Set up and display of the original art & posters in the mercado. Receive inventory, check inventory & tags. Write up sales tickets for any mercado pre-sales.
Mask Installation – Captain Tiffany Meredith
Hang the papier-mâché skull masks in the mercado tent with a system of drapery hooks and binder clips on each mask
Sales Clerks – Captain TBA
Sales staff for the mercado. Work in shifts assigned by Captain.
Face Painters - Captain Liz Jordan
Kids Crafts Area - Captain Lucy Freeman
Teach/assist Captain with Kids Craft project during festival. Work in shifts assigned by Captain.