This morning hundreds of people gathered at Dolores Park for one of the few celebrations that hasn’t yet gone hipster: the Golden Fire Hydrant Painting Ceremony. This hydrant at 20th and Church was the lonely working fire hydrant in the Mission after the 1906 Earthquake. It saved the world – or at least part of the Mission.

It’s a moving ceremony, attended by first responder, city authorities and relatives of victims and survivors of the Earthquake – a bunch of people you can just love, respect and listen to easily. Dressed like Millennials from the ‘1900 – but with smartphones – they shared stories about their loved ones and the 1906 fire, taking turns spray-painting the hydrant in gold.

I call this part “People trying to understand how spray-can-painting works,” but I’m horrible.

Photo by Cristiano Valli

Photo by Cristiano Valli

In tribute, photo by Cristiano Valli

In tribute, photo by Cristiano Valli

Photo by Cristiano Valli

Photo by Cristiano Valli

Posing, photo by Cristiano Valli

Posing, photo by Cristiano Valli

Top hat, photo by Cristiano Valli

Top hat, photo by Cristiano Valli

Hanging out like in the '10s, photo by Cristiano Valli

Hanging out like in the ’10s, photo by Cristiano Valli

"This corset is killing me", photo by Cristiano Valli

“This corset is killing me”, photo by Cristiano Valli

The Rest, photo by Cristiano Valli

The Rest, photo by Cristiano Valli

Rank, photo by Cristiano Valli

Rank, photo by Cristiano Valli

Hero, photo by Cristiano Valli

Hero, photo by Cristiano Valli