November 2nd being a Saturday, Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) this year was easier to attend, with less rushing to San Francisco. As per tradition, the ritual procession and altars display is held in the Mission and I am sure you can find plenty of information on their website, and pictures around the web.
It is a celebration that mixes native and christian rituals in the result for a different perspective on death. While being a moment for the recalling of the dear passed ones, it also serves as a celebration of their lives and what they brought to us.
Participation was good, with the display of altars in memory of friends, family, pets and celebrities, and costumes/outfits following the theme of Death. The procession, which begins with the Aztec dance performers, seemed less rich compared to other years.
The drum group was present, loud and clear, and it is one of the many trademarks of the event, together with the smell of burning incense.
If you haven’t ever attended one of these parades, plan on doing so next year. I think it’s very well worth it.