SFMike was right. Killed off by too much of a good thing in the Castro, the spirit of Halloween was all over in the Mission District last night at the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) procession.
Unusually warm late fall weather (no fog!) on a Friday night drew an enormous, friendly crowd to this Aztec-themed parade.
I'd forgotten how pleasant it was to be part of a happy crowd at night. People had worked on expressing themselves in semi-traditional costumes.
There were wonderful sights and sounds -- and it could seem a little scary.
Face painting was available.
And many in white-face were having a great time ...
... as were the many undead taking to the streets.
The police were friendly, but seemed a little confused by the crowds. I hope this annual procession has not outgrown the capacity of the neighborhood to accommodate the visitors. I overheard a couple of blonde women working their way through the crowds on 24th Street commenting: "I wouldn't want this in my neighborhood." We're not there yet, not even close.
One of the many hole-in-the-wall Mexican eateries on the street advertised "Special menu for Dia de los Muertos" -- chile rellenos $10.00. The dead are a boon to this community.
I left pretty early and later heard sirens; hope nothing too bad was going on.
This morning the SF Chronicle reports that some Castro merchants are having second thoughts about what they lose by closing down Halloween in the gay Mecca.
Hey Dufty -- unless this celebration gets super huge, we''re happy to have the party over here in the 'hood!