Thanks to Tucson Artist, Susan Johnson, Tucson is now home to the largest, most inclusive public ceremony in North America. Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos celebration was Johnson’s muse. In 1990, Johnson was grieving the loss of her father. She created a ceremonial performance piece which was well-received in Tucson. The performance piece has evolved over the years and become a remarkable way to celebrate the lives of loved ones and ancestors. Over 100,000 people were in attendance at 2014’s All Soul’s Procession.
This year’s celebration is the weekend of November 7 & 8, 2015. It will consist of a two mile long human powered procession that ends with the burning of an urn into which the hopes, offerings and wishes for those who have died have been placed by the public. The Procession gathers at 4 PM on Sunday, November 8th at the N. 6th Avenue Underpass and departs at 6:30 PM with a march to the Mercado San Augustine (Congress Street West of I-10), where there will be a Grande Finale with music provided by several local bands. The official after party will be at La Cocina, 201 North Church starting at 7 PM. The All Souls Procession organizers do have a few simple requests for those who attend. There is much to see but a most meaningful experience involves participation. Don’t be high or drunk or make anyone else feel uncomfortable. It is up to each participant and spectator to make the event a true community event, one safe for small children and the elderly. And one respectful to those who have passed away.
The event is very accessible from the Adobe Rose Inn. Stay at the Inn and take the Streetcar to the All Souls Procession with no parking or other traffic worries. Reserve your room today!