The Procession

El Colectivo del Rescate Cultural Invites you to it’s 34th annual San Francisco Day Of The Dead Ritual Procession Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Starting promptly at 7:00 pm, at the corner of Bryant & 22nd St.

This year’s Ritual Procession honors MALINALLI (grass) governed by PATECATL (the tonali Aztec calendar symbol) connoting life’s energy. This day signifies tenacity, rejuvenation; that which cannot be uprooted forever. MALLINALI days are for persevering against all odds and for creating alliances that will survive the test of time. It is a good day for those who are suppressed, a bad day for their suppressors. These days are also governed by the primordial urge to create order out of chaos. Speech, agriculture, and the family are three means by which the Ancients established order. These are still our most important treasures. The ever-present line of thought runs from — seed to fruit to seed. MALINALLI days are good days to participate in the community; bad days for solitude.

The 2016 Ritual Procession honors the memory of:

  • Francisco X. Alarcon Chicano Poet, Educator, winner of the national Book Award for Snake Poems -An Aztec Invocation, and author of numerous award winning children’s books.
  • Dr. Horacio N. Roque Ramirez Latino LGBT Historian, Author, Educator & Cultural Activist
  • Peter Rodriguez Chicano-Mexican American Artist, founder of San Francisco’s Mexican Museum
  • Juan Gabriel Mexican Legendary Singer & Song Writer, during the last 4 decades.
  • The 49 Victims of the Orlando Massacre of 2016
  • Victims Of Terrorist Attacks
  • Victims Of Fires in San Francisco
  • Public Servants Who Died In The Line Of Duty
  • All Persons & Their Companion Animals Who Died This Year.

The 2016 Ritual Procession Invocation Of The 5 Directions Conducted By

Luis Gutierrez, Starhawk & Juan Pablo Gutierrez.

The Ritual Procession will be led by Estela Garcia & Roban San Miguel (S.F. Youth & Mental Health Advocates), along with the 13 Sacred Standards, (which are 10 feet high and decorated with this year’s Aztec Calendar theme).

For the past 34 consecutive years El Colectivo Del Rescate Cultural has operated under the motto, “NUESTROS MUERTOS NO SE VENDEN – Our Dead Are Not For Sale”. No city, state, federal, nor corporate-branding-funding is accepted. This has been the case since our inception, in order to maintain our integrity, of being a true grassroots organization, without being beholden to political or consumerist demand on our mission of producing an authentic Ritual Procession as closest to our Meso American and Mexican roots. We invite all cultures to join us on Nov. 2nd 2016, to honor and remember those who have passed on.