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Contact:

Day of the Dead Festival of Altars at Garfield Park
Siouxsie Oki
Phone: 415.722.8911
E-mail: Marigold.Project[at]gmail.com
Website: DayoftheDeadSF.org

Day of the Dead Procession:
Juan Pablo Gutierrez
Phone: 415.424.0826

San Francisco Day of the Dead Procession and Festival of Altars
Celebrated every year on November 2, Rain or shine!

Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we still have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones that have passed away.

In San Francisco, Day of the Dead has been celebrated since the early 70s with art, music, performances and a walking procession, which help us contemplate our existence and mortality -- a moment to remember deceased friends and family, and our connections beyond our immediate concerns.

Six local groups have been commissioned to build large-scale community altar installations in Garfield
Park and will be joined by 75+ personal altars created by community members. Please bring candles (in
glass container), flowers, photos, mementos, food and/or drink to place on the altars in celebration of the lives of those now gone.

Day of the Dead Procession:
Meet at 22nd and Bryant, 7pm.

Day of the Dead Festival of Altars:
Garfield Park, 26th and Harrison, 6pm-11pm

School groups, students, and media are welcome to join Marigold Project at Garfield Park from 12:00-
5:00pm to see the creation of altars.

Individuals and organizations that are interested in building an altar at Garfield Park are asked to contact Maica Folch at maicaf[at]earthlink.net or call 650.619.5974. Please visit our website for altar guidelines:
DayoftheDeadSF.org

This is a FREE community event.
Family friendly.
Alcohol free.
Close to 24th street BART.