Arts & Culture in San Francisco's Mission: Dia de los Muertos

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I moved to the Mission district of San Francisco 10 years ago.   My home is located precisely at the start of two major processions in this predominantly Central/South American influenced and populated neighborhood.   Carnaval in May starts with a Sunday morning samba beat at about 8 decibels so be sure to get a good night's sleep.   November 2nd every year is the annual Marigold Project produced, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) procession, commemorating Mexico's oldest celebration, dating back to pre-Columbian times of honoring those who have left this realm.    Over the decade that I've lived here, I've learned and appreciated more about the history and customs of this very special commemoration.  It is actually several days from October 30-November 2nd, culminating ultimately in November 2nd's Dia de los Muertos, now celebrated in many parts of the world.  This year, we decided to chronicle via video, what has become a revered tradition in my home and the neighborhood I am proud to be a part of.   This first of three video series, shot by our fabulous intern Kenrick Mercado, features the arts in the Mission.