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Members of the Dead Debutantes, longtime celebrants of Missoula's Festival of the Dead, ignore the blowing snow to honor the mother of one in the group during the 2017 festival.

The renamed Festival of Remembrance culminates this weekend.

The centerpiece of the 25th annual event, which is designed to create discussions about death and grief through community art projects, is the procession through downtown Missoula on Friday, Nov. 2.

At 6 p.m., head to at the Circle Square near the red XXXXs, with pre-parade performances by SnYelMn, a Salish drum group, and the Hypsy Gypsies. You can also view the community grief altar, which people have adorned with images and mementos of deceased loved ones.

The procession, heading south down Higgins Avenue, begins at 7 p.m. The groups will all end up at Caras Park, where at 7:30 p.m. there will be performances by the University of Montana African dance class and the Hypsy Gypsies.

Here are some other associated events this weekend:

Dance Up Close

(Friday-Saturday, Nov. 2-3)

The UM dance department's fall event includes a piece, "Dancing with the Dead," created in collaboration between UM student Katie Conrad and English literature professor Ashby Kinch, based on the medieval "Danse Macabre." The evening includes a total of 10 pieces, ranging in styles and themes.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m., Saturday in the Masquer Theatre in the UM PAR/TV Center. Tickets are $20 general, $16 students and seniors and $10 for children.

'Dancing with the Dead'

(Sunday, Nov. 4)

That piece will be performed again on Sunday from 4-6 p.m., at the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. No admission fee, donations accepted.

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