The All Souls Procession

by ALEX FRUECHTENICHT

Photos by Larry Gaurano

The All Souls Procession is an annual event that draws over 100,000 people into Tucson each year.

According to their website, “The All Souls Procession is an event that was created to serve the public’s need to mourn, reflect and celebrate the universal experience of death, through their ancestors, loved ones and the living.”

Starting back in 1990, the All Souls Procession has deep roots in the community, with people keeping the event completely donation-based funded.

Twenty-five years later, the event has grown into an event spreading across the country and even parts of Mexico.

The event lasts only a few hours, starting on 6th Avenue, heading down Toole Avenue until reaching the ceremonial grounds on Congress St. where the urn is burned.

The volunteers encourage everybody to help donate for the hungry ghosts in the event.

This year’s event held one of the largest amount of attendees, somewhere around 150,000 people to the streets of downtown Tucson.

Performers treat people to entertainment before the event kicks off at sundown.

Performers treat people to entertainment before the event kicks off at sundown.

This performer leads the procession with two fiber optic whips that change color.

This performer leads the procession with two fiber optic whips that change color.

The All Souls Procession draws crowds of all ages, from the elderly to children, watching and participating in the event.

The All Souls Procession draws crowds of all ages, from the elderly to children, watching and participating in the event.

Face painting is offered for those who wish to decorate their bodies in paint for the celebration.

Face painting is offered for those who wish to decorate their bodies in paint for the celebration.

The ceremonial urn is lifted into the air and set ablaze for the crowd at the end of the festival.

The ceremonial urn is lifted into the air and set ablaze for the crowd at the end of the festival.

The end of the celebration brings many key players of the Procession for an explosive finale.

The end of the celebration brings many key players of the Procession for an explosive finale.

Hordes of people flood the streets, creating a massive movement for the Procession.

Hordes of people flood the streets, creating a massive movement for the Procession.

Skulls are decorated for the event, celebrating beauty, even in death.

Skulls are decorated for the event, celebrating beauty, even in death.

 

Attendees often bring totems for their lost loved ones, including messages written out on signs.

Attendees often bring totems for their lost loved ones, including messages written out on signs.

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