2020 Car Procession

Information and Application

Fall 2020
Dear Community Member,

This year marks the 32nd Annual San Rafael Dia de los Muertos celebration. Although COVID-19 has given us some challenges, it has not deterred the Organizing Committee from keeping the tradition going with modifications.

Rather than being celebrated on one day as we usually do, we are planning to have a month of activities in October, some of which will be virtual, and some spread throughout all of San Rafael. The events and activities will culminate on Sunday, November 1 with a car procession through the Canal neighborhood.

The procession is traditionally a very meaningful part of our annual event. It brings people from all backgrounds together to support each other in honoring each individual’s loved one who has passed. Because of the need to physical distance this year, we welcome the community to participate in a car procession following these guidelines:

• Complete and return the following enrollment form by October 15.
• Procession Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

• Starting Location: Marin Health and Wellness Campus Parking Lot, 3240 Kerner Blvd (Gathering at 5:30 pm – PLEASE STAY INSIDE VEHICLE)

• Please decorate your vehicle at home, prior to arriving at the starting location.
• Unless directed by an officer, you must obey all traffic laws, signals and stop signs.
• The procession will depart from the Health and Wellness Campus at approximately 6 pm, exiting on Kerner Boulevard and crossing over Bellam Boulevard. The Procession will then proceed down Kerner and turn left on Canal Street, then down Canal and turn left on Larkspur Street. At the end where Larkspur Street meets Kerner, the procession will be over and cars should return home. (See attached map.) Due to COVID, there will be no gathering after the procession.
• San Rafael Police Department will lead the procession and the San Rafael Fire Department has again been asked to bring up the rear with their fire engine.
• All participants will be in cars and no one will be walking.

The Dia de los Muertos celebration comes from the ancient wisdom of the indigenous people of Mezzo and South America that through the years has been open to many spiritual influences of this ever-developing world and changing universe we live in. The multicultural community of the Canal Neighborhood hosts the celebration and welcomes residents and visitors to share in a grateful acknowledgement of the continuing ebb and flow of existence in ways we do not understand.
We have included an application to participate in the car procession with hopes you will help us celebrate this year.

For questions or additional information please contact Steve Mason at steve.mason@cityofsanrafael.org or
Thank you!

Lin-Yu Diaz, Co-Altar Committee Chair,  Steve Mason, Co-Altar Committee Chair

Day of the Dead Car Procession Map

Car Procession Application

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