• Girl scout Montso Gomez, 12, dressed as a "Catrina," waits for the start of the Gran Procession of the Catrinas. (AP/Anita Baca/AAP)Source: AP/Anita Baca/AAP
Photo essay: The colourful Catrinas Parade celebrates Mexico's elegant skeleton lady, ahead of the Day of the Dead.
Alyssa Braithwaite

27 Oct 2016 - 2:43 PM  UPDATED 27 Oct 2016 - 5:18 PM

She's one of the most iconic images of the Day of the Dead celebration, and is so beloved she gets a parade all of her own.

"La Catrina", or "Elegant Skull", is based on a satirical cartoon created by famed Mexican illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada in about 1910 to mock the early 20th Century Mexican upper classes.

It was aimed at Mexican natives who Posada felt were trying to adopt European aristocratic traditions and deny their own cultural heritage in the pre-revolutionary era, even if it meant starving.

Today, she is said to represent the way death makes everyone equal, regardless or wealth or social standing, as well as a willingness to laugh at death itself.

The "Catrinas Parade" took place in Mexico City on October 23, ahead of the Day of the Dead (Dia De Muertos) celebrations on November 2, in which Mexicans pray and remember friends and family members who have died.

Check out at some of the best Catrina looks.

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