Don’t miss the 21st Annual All Souls Procession tonight! More than 20,000 revelers in calavera (skull) and skeleton costumes will gather tonight starting at 5 p.m. at Epic Cafe, 745 N. 4th Avenue (SW corner of University Blvd). The procession goes south on 4th Avenue, through the Underpass, west onto Congress Street, then north on Stone Avenue.
The Grand Finale at Toole & Stone Ave. will feature pyrotechnics by Flam Chen, Ensphere (rock band), Odaiko Sonora (taiko drumming), Silver Thread Trio and more! New this year will be a metal art tower for the procession’s climax.
“Flam Chen have been creating, performing, and touring new circus and fire theater since 1994. We create dazzling public spectacle by merging daredevil acrobatics, pyrotechnics and a mastery of light, air and fire.”
Many Mouths One Stomach (MMOS) is a Tucson-based collective of artists, teachers and community activists who come together with the intent to create, inspire, manifest and perpetuate modern festal culture.The All Souls Procession is an event that was created to serve the public need to mourn, reflect, and celebrate the universal experience of Death, through their ancestors, loved ones and the living.
Poster is entitled “For the Road”- original artwork by Philip Felix at Red Sky Studio.
And last year Val Canez, former employee of the Tucson Citizen newspaper was marching in the All Souls Procession, with other former employees carrying a coffin of our beloved print edition. The Tucson Citizen, age 139, ceased publication on May 16, 2009, may it R.I.P.
Photo of Val and “Our epitaph”, courtesy of Ryn Gargulinski, one of the two online Tucsoncitizen.com’s editors.