The marching dead

From last night’s Dia de los Muertos procession.

Showing respect for one’s neighbors by appropriating their culture at your convenience

DoVulcanTitsDefyLogic? posted this, with the caption:

My roommate’s response to this picture: “I bet some freshman from Brown put that up.”

Come to think of it, at Garfield Park, I did hear someone say, “Where are all the brown people at?” Was he talking about Brown University? I guess so!

[via DoVulcanTitsDefyLogic?]

Monsters on 24th Street

A paper yeti rises from the crowd.

Giant fly, trailed by a skeleton bride and a green rodent of sorts.

And a return appearance from the glowing jellyfish of Treasure Island Music Festival.

What did you do for Halloween?

24th Street was full of trick-or-treaters getting more candy from businesses like El Farolito than residences, a nice community touch.  Dance parties were happening at various spots, but most people seemed too tuckered out from a wild weekend of Halloween festivities to commit to going out on the actual holiday.  At least these kids had plans to make the most of things!

By comparison, Wednesday’s Dia de los Muertos celebration drew pretty much the entire neighborhood, both long-term locals and hipsters alike, the aroma of incense wafting through the air as 24th thronged with revelers (much like the overpass to the Port of Oakland) despite the supposedly somber mood of the festival.  It’s no secret which day means more to the Mission, for now at least.

How did your Halloween (week) go?

[Photo by deanv41]

Star Wars Meets Día de los Muertos

Guera de Estrellas!  Noticed this over at, who you may remember was responsible for the non-paparazzi shot of Dave Chappelle at Pakwan a while back.  Check out the rest of them here!

BTW, don’t forget to donate to the Dia de los Muertos non-profit because the city has raised permit fees and the organization is in a funding crisis!

¡Día de los Muertos Está Muriendo!

¡Qué triste! The annual Mission Día de los Muertos march which hopes to take place Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 7pm at 24th & Bryant Streets, needs some help.

Due to budget cuts, the San Francisco Arts Commission eliminated the Neighborhood Festival Grant program this year. Without this source of crucial funding, Marigold Project is struggling to meet the impending costs of the San Francisco Recreation and Park permit. We feel strongly that Day of the Dead should remain a free community event, with no corporate sponsors. It is our hope, that together we can keep this grassroots tradition alive. If you have made an offering at the park in honor of a loved one or have received something of value from being part of this rich and unique community celebration and want to see it continue, please consider making a contribution to this year’s event. We cannot do it without your support.

Bummer, this event has been going on without a hitch for over 30 years. The organization is hoping to raise $6000 to keep the event afloat. Visit the official website and click the donate link in the upper right to help out.

And please, if you do decide to participate in the event this year, be sure to preemptively reflect on the cultural and personal significance of the event, otherwise other white folks folks get soo offended.


The Mission's Día de los Muertos Celebration in Financial Trouble

The 2009 Day of the Dead poster: a work in progress / Kiriko Moth

The 2009 Día de los Muertos poster: a work in progress / Kiriko Moth

Kiriko Moth, a local artist who is designing the poster for this year’s Día de los Muertos celebration, alerts us to some troubling financial news:

The Marigold Project is a nonprofit organization who, for 30 years has been dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing the traditional Meso-American rituals surrounding the Dia de los Muertos. And now they need your help! The city has raised permit fees and the organization is in a funding crisis. Visit their website at to learn more and donate to their organization, because without the support of the community this amazing event cannot continue!

Donate Here