You may not recognize the name, but if you’ve been to Mexico you’ll likely recognize the brightly colored sculptures of fantasy animals and creatures. First created in Mexico City by artist Pedro Linares, alebrijes can be made of paper mache, wood or even metal and are often creatures most associated with fantasy or dream-like worlds. Brightly colored, alebrijes are commonly associated with Mexico City and Oaxaca. Both cities host alebrijes festivals, art shows and even parades to display their craft. These festivals are generally held in October, November and December to coincide with Halloween, Dia de los muertos and the Christmas craft season.
Here are some pictures from the fifth annual monumental alebrijes parade held in Mexico City. Each alebrije was created by a different art school, museum or community organization. Sponsored by the Museum of Popular Art, the parade ended along Paseo de la Reforma where the alebrijes were put on display.