Nov 2, 2012 1:40 PM by Sarah Arevalo

All Souls Procession is this weekend

TUCSON- The All Souls Procession has been one of the most anticipated events during the month of November in our community. This weekend, starting on Friday, there will be a series of events leading up to the Finale on Sunday night.

Here is a list of All Souls Procession events happening this weekend, from the official website:

• November 2: 6th annual Photography exhibition competition from 7 to 10 p.m at Studio 455(455 North Ferro Ave Tucson, Az 85705
• November 3: The Procession of Little Angels will be held at Armory Park from 3 to 10 p.m.
• November 4: Dance of the Dead with Ozomatli will take place at Rialto Theatre starting at 8 p.m.
• November 4: Feast for All Souls will begin at 7 p.m. on Tool Ave. and Congress and will end at west congress @ Mercado San Austin.

The Procession began in 1990 with a ritualistic performance piece created by local artist Susan Johnson. This piece was in memory of her father who passed away, and was inspired by Mexico's Dia de los Muertos holiday. The performance was very well-received, and as a result many artists were inspired to continue growing the Procession into its modern incarnation.

According to organizers, the procession has grown to over 35,000 participants on the streets of Downtown Tucson. All of these people come out for a two-mile walk with other people that wish to celebrate and remember loved ones that have passed away.

For months in advance, artists all over Tucson have been working hard to create a piece for the All Souls Procession, organizers state. From constructing altars for their loved ones to painting their face and dressing up, everyone contributes something to this procession. This event is not a city-owned event, the people are the owners, organizers say. Citizens are encouraged to join in the parade and bring whatever you would like to carry in the Parade. At the end of the night, there is the burning of the urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes of the public for those who have passed.

For more information on the events, visit http://www.allsoulsprocession.org/

Pictured: A scene from the 2011 All Souls Procession


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