Day of the Dead – Dia de los Muertos San Rafael will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday, November 2nd at the Albert J. Boro Community Center from 4:00pm to 9:00pm.
That’s right. For 30 years the traditions of the Day of the Dead have been honored and celebrated by community members of San Rafael, Marin County and beyond.
The Mission of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebration is to reunite the diverse communities of San Rafael with the purpose of sharing a grateful acknowledgment of the continuing ebb and flow of existence. And at the same time, to offer the opportunity to exalt the cultural legacy of Latin American cultures by providing a space for cultural performances and family art activities that deepen the values of the spirituality of death.
The Day of the Dead Organizing Committee is under the leadership of the CANAL WELCOME CENTER and it is persistently working in the planning, programming and sustainability of this traditional celebration. The Day of the Dead Organizing committee: City of San Rafael, Canal Welcome Center, Pickleweed Community Center and Library, Catholic Charities CYO Kids’ Club, The Canal Youth and Family Council, Local artists, performers, Canal residents and youth members.
All our efforts are meant to ensure that the multicultural Canal neighborhood and the broader San Rafael and Marin community can gather the first week of November to celebrate life and honor our diversity.
Volunteers, performers, artists, and donors are needed. For more information please call 415-526-2487
MIXCOALT AZTEC DANCERS
Jesus Martinez and his brother Francisco Alvarez founded the group Aztec Dancers eight years ago. Their goal was to gather the traditions of Aztec culture and represent them throughout their dances. The Aztec Dancers have participated in the Day of the Dead celebration for the last three years. Every year, including this one, they open the procession with their ritualistic sounds made with the tambor. When the procession gets to the Albert J Boro Community Center, they bless the Altars and perform the Dance of the Dead and offer a Tonanzin to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Any person interested in learning more about the Aztec Dancers can reach Jesus Martinez at 415 488 7339.
BALLET FOLKLORICO NETZAHUALCOYOTL
Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl was founded in San Rafael, Marin County in 1996. Director Netza Vidal, born in Nayarit, studied at the acclaimed Escuela de la Danza Mexicana and was a member of the Ballet Folklorico Mexcaltitan. The Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl is currently formed by thirty students of different ages. Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl is a group of people from many different cultures. Netzahualcoyotl Ballet Folklorico has participated in many local events and venues including The Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, The Marin County Fair, Petaluma Fair, Sonoma Fair, Solano County Fair, Canal Community Alliance Festival, San Rafael High School Festivals, St. Vincent de Paul Church events, Day of the Dead event, and Hispanic restaurants and locations as well as private parties, from weddings to quinceañeras and birthday parties. For more information call 415-613-4822 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAN RAFAEL STEEL DRUM BAND
The dynamic, up and coming Pan Rafael Steel Drum Band will be playing at the Albert J. Boro Community Center for the Dia de los Muertos event, November 7 from 4-4:45pm. Pan Rafael is the community center’s intermediate steel pan class that is venturing out on its own, taught by Steel Pan Master Harry Best. They are delighted to be a part of Day of the Dead, so come groove on down and tickle your timbers as you dance until your bones rattle! More information about the group and Classes.
Featuring one of the Bay Area’s Best Latin band playing a mix of all your favorite music including Cumbia, Merengue, Banda, and more. Ritmo 6 will close the event performing at Cyr Miller’s Multipurpose room starting at 8:30pm. Get ready to sing and dance your favorite Latin rhythms and songs.
Their rich sound and lively musicianship is the product of each member’s passion, discipline and experience resulting in a strong yet elegant image. They have performed at many private parties and local community events including: being featured in the San Francisco Cinco de mayo celebration in 2009, profiled in Univision television network, featured for Oakland Santa Cecilia’s celebration, and have performed for the Oakland Raiders home game. For more information check their website at www.mariachifom.com