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Tucson, AZ, United States

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We walk to remember. We walk together. Every November in Tucson, AZ we unite to honor the memories of those we


All Souls Procession, Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, sugar skulls, calaveras, memorials, altars, puppetry, face painting, masks, makeup, costuming, night-walks, fire spinning, pyrotechnics, stilt-walking, dancing, drums, photography, mourning, celebrating, grieving, laughing, singing, weeping, loving, sharing, remembering. Together we are one community.

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The All Souls Procession, in conjunction with the All Souls Weekend, is both a celebration and a mourning of the dearly departed. Death and loss are intrinsically bound. They are fundamental elements of the human condition. All Souls provides the community a conscious space within which to publicly mourn, to remember, to reflect upon, and to celebrate those no longer with us. In community we are united, through the memories of our ancestors and through the profound adoration of our loved ones. The All Souls Weekend is a completely grassroots event, volunteer-run and donation-funded. The Procession arose from humble beginnings in 1990 with a ritualistic performance piece created by local artist Susan Johnson, who was grieving the passing of her father. Inspired in part by Mexico's Dia de los Muertos holiday, Johnson felt she should honor her father in celebration and in 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 100,000 participants on the streets of downtown Tucson for a two-mile long human-powered procession concluding with a spectacular Finale, during which we ignite and burn a large Urn filled with hopes, offerings, wishes, and prayers for those who have passed, collected from the throngs of people along the route. Within the event are art installations, altars, performers, and creatives of all kinds who have labored for almost half the year to prepare and bring their offerings to this amazing observance. The day before the All Souls Procession, the Procession of Little Angels (PoLA) is held. It's a child-sized, child-inspired event designed to help children remember those whom they have lost. PoLA includes arts tables, wing-painting, children's performances, community altars, and a children's Procession. Many Mouths One Stomach, a non-profit arts collective [501(c)(3)] based in Tucson, AZ, is the organizing body for the All Souls Procession, and serves as a vehicle for working artists to collaborate, create, and inspire the public through Festal Culture. "Festal Culture" refers to the expression and fulfillment of core human needs through public celebration, ceremony, and ritual.