Car Procession

Dear Community Member,

San Rafael’s 34th Annual Día de Los Muertos celebration will again include a car procession/cruise downtown San Rafael on Saturday, October 22nd at 3:00 pm. Now an annual part of our celebration, the car procession/cruise extends our celebration allowing people to view the decorated cars while looking at altars in downtown business windows.

The procession also serves as a reminder of our traditional celebration two weeks later at the Albert J. Boro Community on November 5, 2022. New this year, we are inviting participants to display their cars in the reserved parking lot of the Multicultural Center of Marin, located at 709 Fifth Avenue in downtown San Rafael.

Those interested in participating must follow the event guidelines:

  • Complete and return the following enrollment form by October 7, 2022
  • Procession Date: 3:00 pm Saturday, October 22, 2022
  • Assemble/Starting Location: San Rafael City Hall Parking Lot (behind City Hall) 1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 (Gathering starting at 1:30 pm)
  • Decorating will be permitted in the City Hall Parking Lot. All trash and decorations must be taken with you
  • All decorations must be securely attached to the vehicle and the vehicle safe to drive on street. Event staff and San Rafael Police Department personnel have the final say if they feel a vehicle is not safe for the event
  • Unless directed by an officer, you MUST obey all traffic laws, at crosswalks, signals, and stop signs, and yield at left-hand turns when required. This event is a cruise and the route will not be closed to other traffic. Vehicles must stay in the lane of traffic
  • Seatbelts must be worn by everyone in the vehicle. Passengers are not permitted in the back of pick-up and flatbed trucks
  • Applicant must possess adequate insurance coverage and liability for each participating vehicle


  • Depart from City Hall Parking Lot at 3pm
  • Turn right on Fifth Avenue
  • Turn left on H Street
  • Turn left on 4th Street
  • Turn left on Lincoln
  • Turn left on 5th Avenue
  • Return to City Hall Parking Lot

Cars may return to the City Hall Parking Lot to disassemble decorations but must depart afterward. There will be no gathering/celebration at City Hall after the procession. Participants are, however, invited and encouraged to display their vehicles in the reserved parking lot of the Multicultural Center of Marin (709 Fifth Avenue) following the procession.

San Rafael Police Department will lead the procession and the San Rafael Fire Department has been invited to bring up the rear with their fire engine. All participants will be in cars and no one will be walking.

The Día de Los Muertos celebration comes from the ancient wisdom of the indigenous people of Mezzo and South America that through the years have 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 acknowledgment 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 or (415)485-3079.

Thank you!


Steve Mason, Altar Committee Chair

Raquel Valdez, Co-Car Procession Committee Chair

DoD Car Procession