I've been wanting to check this out since Spanish 1 in the 8th grade. Finally! Several of my housemates and I wandered out into the Día de lo Muertos parade, joined up, drifted around, caught up with it again, and eventually circled back home. A warm night and burning incense and herbs made for air so thick you could swim in it. Some shops in the neighborhood had alters out front or even inside:
I offer you a rather clumsy montage I put together:
And today, I popped into Panaderia La Mejor on 24th and Mission and my undying optimism was rewarded. Por fin: ¡Pan de Muerto!
un sabor simple y exquisito
My only regret? I wasn't able to get my hands on a candy skull. Until next year, festival!