Thousands took to the streets of Mexico City to dance beside giant skulls and skeletons at a Day of the Dead parade inspired by Hollywood, part of an ever-expanding menu of festivities for the festival. \n\nSunday's show featured enormous, brightly-painted puppets in shapes such as the Xoloitzcuintli, a hairless dog venerated by pre-Hispanic societies, and dancers decked out like skeletons moving to the brass sounds of marching bands. \n\nThe city once again borrowed props from the opening scene of the 2015 James Bond film, \u0022Spectre,\u0022 in which Daniel Craig's title character dons a skull mask as he makes his way through a crowd of revelers. \n\nThe carnival-like atmosphere was a celebration of all things Mexican, in contrast to the somber Day of the Dead affairs many Mexican families have long hosted in the privacy of their homes or at cemeteries. \n\nFestivities in the capital have expanded in recent years to capitalise on growing interest in the holiday, with temporary art installations in public spaces and colourful weekend events. \n\nDay of the Dead has religious roots: before the Spanish conquest, the Aztecs dedicated most of August to their goddess of death, Mictecacihuatl. \n\nIn recent years, Hollywood adaptations of Day of the Dead festivities in movies such as Disney's Coco (2017) have drawn international attention to the holiday, which had fallen into decline in recent decades in Mexico.