10:05 p.m. — We’re signing off as Day of the Dead celebrations wind down in the Mission.

Scroll down for photos, videos and stories from this year’s festival of altars and procession — then be sure to check back Thursday for more coverage!

It’s Día de Los Muertos, which means San Francisco is headed to the Mission. Check the updating stream below for scenes from local events all night:

10:00 p.m. — Don’t miss this look at the scene from La Reyna bakery earlier today, when customers flocked to the local business for Day of the Day favorite pan de muerto.

La Reyna Bakery from Mission Local on Vimeo.

9:55 p.m. — New story: Parents of Alex Nieto Remember Their Son and Wait for a Permanent Altar

9:10 p.m. — Let the late-night meals of Day of the Dead festivities begin:


9:03 p.m. — “We still remain here,” says San Francisco native Karla Rugama.

Though some feel detached from more mainstream adoption of Día de Los Muertos, she says it’s important to remember the customs of the holiday.

Dia De Los Muertos Profile – Karla Rugama from Mission Local on Vimeo.

8:44 p.m. — We’re uploading videos from the evening here, like this glimpse of a Justice for Alex Nieto portion of the Día de Los Muertos procession in the Mission led by his parents.


8:27 p.m. — Spending part of your evening on Twitter? Check out our expanded coverage @MLNow.

8:19 p.m. — Oliver the dog takes a break from the Day of the Dead procession inside Adobe Books on 24th St.

“He’s not a big fan of pulsing music,” explains his owner, Rebekah. “It’s just a little too much for him.”


8:12 p.m. Faces of Día de Los Muertos: Pam Glasscock and Hilary Winslow


East Bay resident Hilary Winslow has been attending Day of the Dead for years. She’s also been trying to convince her friends to join her. This year, she succeeded.

Winslow was arm in arm with friend Pam Glasscock, who joined her from Sonoma County, outfitted with skull accessories and face paint. Before heading to the altars, they met with one more friend, who was also a first time attendee.

“I wanted to come to honor the dead,” Glasscock said.

8:05 p.m. — Super scientific crowd estimates — a strong suit of Día de Los Muertos revelers.

8:01 p.m. — Gettin’ crafty. Screenprinting demo as seen in the Mission.

Artist Demonstrates Screen Printing at Dia De Los Muertos from Mission Local on Vimeo.

7:53 p.m. — The procession goes on:


7:49 p.m. — A quiet moment above the Day of the Dead procession along 24th Street.


7:45 p.m. — Procession-goers stop for a photo.


7:32 p.m. — Big night for the arts. Here’s a scene from Nueva Libreria Mexico:


7:20 p.m. — Overheard at Day of the Dead celebrations in the Mission: “This is one of my two favorite holidays. The other is St. Stupid’s Day on April 1st.”

7:16 p.m. — Black Lives Matter meets Día de Los Muertos

7:09 p.m. — The annual Day of the Dead procession kicks off in the Mission:


7:01 p.m. — Up close at the altar:


6:53 p.m. — Word to the wise — Día de Los Muertos and Halloween: not the same holiday!

6:48 p.m. — In case you missed it: San Francisco homeless advocates memorialize the dead (and do some campaigning)


6:40 p.m. — Multilingual memorials. See more images on Instagram @missionlocal.


6:34 p.m. — Overheard during Día de Los Muertos…

6:24 p.m. — Groups take to the Mission on Wednesday night.

6:18 p.m. — Día de Los Muertos Altar for people killed by police in 2016. Follow our Instagram coverage of events in the Mission @missionlocal.


6:12 p.m. — Ever wonder why and how people build altars to commemorate Day of the Dead? Watch this video to find out:

Mission Cultural Center Altar Exhibit from Alan Toth on Vimeo.

6:02 p.m. — Altars commemorate events from the past year.

5:48 p.m. — For local small businesses, arts organizations and community groups, Day of the Dead is one of the busiest days of the year. Read more about how local shops prepared for this year’s holiday here.

Mexican Artist Miguel Quintana (right) and Casa Bonampak store owner Nancy Charraga on Valencia Street Tuesday.
Mexican Artist Miguel Quintana (right) and Casa Bonampak store owner Nancy Charraga on Valencia Street Tuesday.

5:40 p.m. — Preparations for Día de Los Muertos altars at Garfield Park have been underway since this afternoon. Stay tuned for more on the people building memorials, an annual procession kicking off at 7:00 p.m. and details on all the festivities.

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