Last night’s Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, celebration was truly incredible to behold. Hundreds of people, mourning the loss of loved ones, pets, and even a car, marched through the Mission, not only remembering those who have passed, but celebrating life.
A common symbol of the holiday is the calavera (skull) which are typically represented in masks painted on the face.
A group of parade participants built a wagon for collecting the dead that was pulled by a posse of bicyclists.
In keeping with the holiday tradition, Garfield Square, in the Mission, becomes a stage for mourners to construct elaborate altars for friends and family who are deceased. These altars are typically decorated with the deceased’s favorite food and drink, photos, and candles.