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Nov 3, 2013 12:29 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Kids celebrate All Souls Weekend Downtown

TUCSON - Hundreds of kids celebrated the start of All Souls Weekend with the Procession of Little Angels.

As many as 50,000 people are expected to remember the dead in events Downtown. The main attraction is the All Souls Procession, which attracts visitors from around the world.

Maria Alarcon set up an altar for her daughter at Armory Park Saturday afternoon. Adelita Camacho died in 2007 when she was 5 years old. She was backed over by a car.

"You look forward to it all year," Alarcon said. "There's also an excitement of, ‘Oh, next year I'm going to do this."

Tradition says the dead come to visit when you set up an altar with pictures and things they liked.

"I have felt like she came," Alarcon said. "And I felt at peace with what we did."

Kathie Davis and her husband drove in from San Diego to honor their son, Drew. He graduated from Catalina Foothills High School and died of a drug overdose when he went to the University of Arizona.

Davis likes when people ask about him.

"Yes, it gives us a chance to talk about him," she said. "Otherwise, he's been gone 7 years, and people don't ask very much anymore about him."

She hopes her son's story can help others.

"I think that's important for people to see that 7 years later, his mom and dad are still grieving over him," Davis said. "Hopefully they'll think about it."

The All Souls Procession starts at 6 p.m. Sunday night on 6th Avenue near Miller's Surplus. It ends at Mercado San Augustin on the West Side.

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