Dia De Los Muertos San Francisco 2012 Fills The Mission With Color (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

11/04/2012 02:26 pm ET | Updated Nov 05, 2012

Thousands of San Franciscans gathered in the Mission District on Friday night for the annual Dia de los Muertos procession and celebration.

Painted faces, marigolds, sugar skulls and art filled the streets with color on the walk to Garfield Park, where altars for loved ones passed were assembled. A Mexican celebration to honor the dead, Dia de los Muertos has been celebrated in San Francisco for over 30 years.

"It's about living and learning how to die, and not to be afraid of death," said a representative with The Marigold Project, the nonprofit organization that puts together the celebration, in a video interview.

"Once I started to lose close family, it was a way for me to be productive in the grieving process," said another.

Watch the Marigold Project's video about the celebration, and see photos from the celebration, courtesy of Adrian Mendoza, in our slideshow below:

Dia de los Muertos 2012