Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH), partnering with the Tolomato Cemetery Preservation Association (TCPA), will offer a new heritage Event focusing on the ancient Spanish tradition of El Dia de los Difuntos (The Day of the Deceased), when families and friends celebrate and joyfully honor the memory of their loved ones who have died. From 11:00AM to 3:00PM, the TPCS and FLH will discuss and demonstrate the historic customs associated with this holiday and still used by Hispanic cultures to prepare for All Souls Day. FLH volunteers will portray some of the notable historical personages interred in the Tolomato Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in the continental United States (founded c. 1737).
FLH will also present the traditional Marcha de la Santa Compaña (The March of the Holy Company), a night-time, torch-lit procession through downtown St. Augustine, with historical re-enactors representing the souls of “the Noble and Loyal City’s” citizens over the past 400 years. The March will begin at 7:00PM at the south end of St. George Street, by the town Plaza and the Cathedral. It will proceed north up St. George Street and end at the City Gates. Participants will then walk around the corner to the Tolomato Cemetery for a brief 20-30 minute presentation of a classical Spanish play (translated into English), “Don Juan Tenorio”, a time-honored part of Dia de los Difuntos celebrations, illustrating the redemptive power of true affection and the triumph of love over death itself.