Skeletons for Halloween were popular this year, but don’t put away your costumes yet! Tonight is the final evening of Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Head to the Mission District tonight, there will be sea of painted skull faces, costumes and a parade of idols. This annual event, and its centerpiece, the artfully designed altars in Garfield Park, serve as a community graveyard complete with music, live performances and a walking procession. The Holiday is only recently gaining attention in the US with films like Book of Life and Pixar’s upcoming Coco, but it’s been celebrated since the early 70s in the Mission District.
What is Day of the Dead? It’s a Mexican Holiday celebrated between Oct. 31st and Nov. 2nd focused on honoring and remembering friends and family who have died. Halloween focuses on the macabre and creepy aspects of death, but Mexico isn’t afraid of it, and they use this colorful holiday to celebrate life!
The Altars are on display from 4pm to 11pm in Garfield Park at 26th and Harrison. The Procession begins 7pm at 22nd and Bryant. Bringflowers, candles and mementos of loved ones to place on altars. 

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