Tucson, AZ – Over 35,000 participants come together for the annual All Souls Procession. The event is a celebration and mourning of all those who have crossed over from this life. In this day and age, talking about death is taboo and this event attempts to bring all that to life. Participants celebrate their deceased loved ones, remember memories, mourn through acceptance, reflect, and walk for all the souls that have passed on.
Many Mouths One Stomach is the main organizing body for this event as it is not funded in any way by the city. The event costs about $75,000 a year to put on and most of the funds are given by individuals as well as some sponsors.
The parade draws its end near Mercardo San Augustin. The finale site is in full preparation and ready to support all the people who have marched in the parade. The finale commences by having all the procession participants walking on the stage. Then, the burning of the urn begins. The urn contains all the prayers, messages, letters, poems, thoughts, etc. for the people who have passed. As this continues to burn, the procession continues with art, dancing, music, and more.
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