Wednesday, November 01, 2006

All Souls Procession Weekend

Sunday, November 5th

Gather at Epic Cafe, 5pm
745 N. 4th Ave.
Procession begins at 6pm at 4th Ave and University, and ends at the Franklin Street Docks

The All Souls Procession, a human powered procession of costumed community members and elaborate wheeled art installations, celebrating the lives of deceased loved ones, snakes its way down Fourth Avenue, through downtown and over to the Grand Finale stage area. Regional artists line the finale area with art installations, and the Ancestors Project displays a continuous stream of community-submitted images of our passed loved ones on the sides of buildings. The Grand Finale features performance art with flying angels, spirit-walkers bearing torches, celestial dancers and sacred drummers, followed by the music of Molehill Orkestrah as this major, southern Arizona community phenomena winds down for another year.

Click here to view the Route Map


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.

Sixteen years later we find ourselves organizing over 7,500 participants on the streets of downtown Tucson for a two-mile long human-powered procession that ends in the finalizing action of burning a very large urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes 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 of the lives of our loved ones who have passed, an acknowledgement of their profound contribution and impact on our lives and the unique gifts they have given us, as well as grieving and mourning that they are not among us anymore.

The Non-Profit Organization Many Mouths One Stomach (, a community arts and culture organization, is the organizing vehicle for the Procession as well as other related events and artist support. The All Souls Procession creates a sanctuary for community members from all walks of life to express their grief and loss in a celebration of creative energy and a rejoicing of living. With the continued cooperation of the City of Tucson, Tucson Police and Fire departments, local businesses and civic organizations, we have guided the development of the parade to accommodate the growing number of participants in a healthy and harmonious way.


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