The streets were flooded last night as thousands of people, from far and wide, came to celebrate Día de Los Muertos, Mission Style.
Starting in the afternoon, attendees paid their respects at the Festival of Altars in Garfield Park and walked slowly up 24th Street later for a procession.
With one of the Mission’s most important events in the rearview mirror, it’s time to step back and look at what happened:
For many Mission businesses, Día De Los Muertos is not only a day of remembrance, but also a day of commerce. Nancy Charraga, of Casa Bonampak, told Mission Local reporter Lauren Hepler it was the busiest day of the year for her business.
“I don’t think I could keep up if it was any busier,” Charraga said.
This year’s festival was about more than food and facepaint. It included memorials for victims of police violence, including Alex Nieto, whose family marched Wednesday and continued its call for a permanent memorial in his honor, and a memorial for the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in Orlando this year.
Whether it was uniting to celebrate the enduring life of the Mission, the abrupt departure of a friend or father, or to commemorate the life of a grandparent, thousands of attendees took to the streets in honor of the day. Throughout the evening, Mission Local profiled several attendees to find out how they celebrated this year’s festival.
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