All Souls Procession Weekend Nov. 2 – 3 (new route)by Carolyn Classen on Oct. 31, 2013, under Arts, Life
Happy Halloween 2013.
24 year anniversary of All Souls Procession and Weekend is coming up on November 2 and 3, 2013.
New route this year, starting from North of the 6th Avenue underpass, to Mercado San Augustin, west of I-10.
More info at: www.allsoulsprocession.org. Dust off your calaveras and costumes from last year, and get ready for all the thousands of souls at All Souls Weekend.
History from their website:
The All Souls Procession is perhaps one of the most important, inclusive and authentic public ceremonies in North America today. The Procession had its beginnings in 1990 with a ritualistic performance piece created by local artist Susan Johnson, who was grieving the passing of her father. Inspired by Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos holiday, Johnson felt she should honor her father in celebration and creativity. The performance was very well received and many artists were inspired to continue growing the Procession into its modern incarnation.
Today we find ourselves organizing over 35,000 participants on the streets of downtown Tucson for a two-mile long human-powered procession that ends in the finalizing action of burning a large urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes of the public for those who have passed. Inside the event are myriads of installation art, altars, performers, and creatives of all kinds collaborating for almost half the year to prepare their offerings to this amazing event. The All Souls Procession, and now the entire All Souls Weekend, is a celebration and mourning of the lives of our loved ones who have passed.
Many Mouths One Stomach (manymouths.org), a non-profit arts collective based in Tucson, AZ, is the organizing body for the Procession, and serves as a vehicle for working artists to collaborate, create, and inspire the public through Festal Culture.
This procession is perhaps the biggest crowd event in Tucson, with 35,000 plus people walking the route which used to be on 4th Avenue to downtown, to the area near Steinfeld Warehouse on Toole Avenue. In recent years the finale was moved to the Mercado San Agustin grounds west of downtown, and now the route has shortened to 6th Avenue instead of 4th Avenue.
Happy Hallowween again.