According to the official San Francisco Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) site, the Day of the Dead celebrations that the Mission is so famous for may be cancelled this year.
Why? Lack of funding. The SF Dia de los Muertos groups says that the San Francisco Arts Commission cut the Neighborhood Festival Grant program. This means that the Marigold Project, the group responsible for organizing the huge altar event and securing all the necessary permits from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, is madly scrambling to come up with the money they lost. They don’t want corporate sponsors, believing that this should remain a free, community event.
They have a goal of raising $6,000 via their site. At the time of this writing, they have raised $872. If you’d like to help out, go to the site and click the “Chip In” link. While you’re there, check out the photos from past years or learn how to build your own altar and set it up for the event.
If the fundraising succeeds, come out and see the altars on Nov. 2 at Garfield Square Park between 25th and 26th and Treat and Harrison. It starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m.
Dia de los Muertos San Francisco: A Special Mission Cultural Event Enjoyed By All