A traditional Christmas procession celebrated throughout Latin America, Las Posadas re-enacts Joseph and Mary’s quest to find housing and their facing repeated rejections from Grinch-like landlords. Sound familiar?

At a community celebration tonight of Las Posadas organized by the Red Poppy Art House, expect a candlelit procession along 24th Street, free food at various venues, traditional Mexican carols and a smattering of art performances about displacement, gentrification and affordable housing. The procession begins at the corner of 24th and South Van Ness at 6 p.m. and culminates with a free performance at the Red Poppy Art House on 23rd and Folsom.

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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