Dia de los Muertos

Burning Man and Mexican tradition mix during this year's Dia de los Muertos

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Guardian photos by Jordan White

The scents of burning sage and copal were thick in the Mission on Friday night for the neighborhood's annual procession and Dia de los Muertos festival of altars. Crowds in face paint and costumes lined the streets waiting for the march to begin. To our suprise, a group of calaveras-painted faces led by several drummers jumped the gun, marching down 24th Street before the official procession surged from the other direction with its Aztec dancers, live music by percussion champions Loco Bloco, and skeletons made of fabric and paper floating above the crowd. Read more »

Moche memorium: Dia de los Muertos altars at "Fluorescent Virgins"

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It was a mix of pre-Incan Moche, Tumblr-ready Pikachu, Satanic Barbie, and Catholic imagery -- in other words, the essential Bay Arean celebration of Dia de los Muertos (check our complete listings for a guide to all the altars, drums, and processionals this year.) 

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Calaveras and chysanthemums: Where to celebrate Dia de los Muertos

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I don't know about you, San Francisco, but after the orange-and-black, champagne-and-candy-corn geyser that the past week has been, I'm ready for a little sobriety, a little quiet reflection, and a lot of community-crafted art (that vagina costume I saw walking down South Van Ness the other day notwithstanding.)Read more »