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Each year on November 2, city dwellers connect in the eastern Mission to remember the dead. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican tradition, a day when family members and friends pray for deceased loved ones.

Mission participants paint their faces, set up makeshift altars and walk the streets cradling candles in a ceremony akin to a communal vigil.

This year the annual procession began at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Bryant and 22nd streets and marched up 24th Street to Mission, then back to 22nd Street and east to where it started. Performers in feathered headdresses with shells wrapped around their shins twirled and skipped across the asphalt to Montezuma’s drum beat.

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Though he lives in Russian Hill, Gregory Thomas feeds in the Mission. As a cub reporter, he happily avoids the doldrums of debt by subsisting on one $6 burrito per day. For fun, Thomas rides a multi-gear bicycle and plays pick-up basketball in Dolores Park.

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