WATCH: The full Day of the Dead Catrinas on the River parade in San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO – Crowds filled downtown San Antonio as the city held its first-ever Day of the Dead parade Friday.

The marquee event for the city's Day of the Dead celebrations featured colorful barges decorated with skeletons, skulls, candles, incense, marigolds and pan de muerto.

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Some beautiful altars and murals — honoring the likes of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, former San Antonio mayor Lila Cockrell and Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla — will remain at La Villita throughout the weekend for the Dia de los Muertos festival.

The three-day Day of the Dead celebrations are meant to honor loved ones who have passed away. The free festival will continue on Saturday and Sunday.

Parade Day Gallery! Day of the Dead parade floats and preps

Here's a look at some sights and sounds of the parade:

The Day of the Dead River Walk parade has begun! Watch all the festivities on KSAT 12, or choose from 10 different livestreams on our website: https://www.ksat.com/entertainment/day-of-the-dead/day-of-the-dead-river-walk-parade-livestream-page

Posted by KSAT 12 & KSAT.com on Friday, November 1, 2019

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