San Rafael’s 33rd annual Día de los Muertos celebration was held at the Albert J. Boro Community Center on Saturday, November 6. The free community celebration included viewing of 20 altars; art workshops; musical performances by Pan Rafael, ELM, Cascada de Flores and dancing with La Misa Negra; cultural performances by Danza Azteca Mixcoatl and Ballet Folklόrico Netzahualcoyotl, and a walking procession through the Canal neighborhood led by Danza Azteca Mixcoatl and including the event’s new feature “Valentina”, a 12 foot tall la calavera who also posed for photos in front of the Center. The event was shown live on Marin TV and Facebook Live.
The cultural celebration is the result of nine months of preparation from the planning committee which is comprised of Multicultural Center of Marin and Albert J. Boro Community Center staff, along with many passionate and dedicated individuals. The event would not be possible without the support of lead sponsors Marin Community Foundation and Sol Food, as well as Marin Sanitary Services, Bank of Marin, Alcohol Justice, Marin Transit, Megan Yip Law Offices, Kaiser Permanente, Miracle Mile Café, Laundry Made Easier, Victor’s Crispy Tacos, ArtWorks Downtown, San Rafael Downtown BID, Medway Community Plaza, First World Cleaning & Services, United Markets, Yet-Wah, EO Products, Cardenas, San Rafael Police and Fire Departments, Straus Family Creamery, and donations from Linda Gonzalez, William B. Doty, and Stephen Bingham & Francoise Blusseau, along with several organizations leading the art workshops.
Mishaa DeGraw and Doug Kaye, ProBonoPhoto.org