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Your guide to this year's All Souls Procession in Tucson

By Kathleen Allen of Arizona Daily Star

The All Souls Procession will wend through new grounds this year, but the intent has not changed one bit:

It is still a homegrown, sacred event where Tucsonans gather to grieve, honor and celebrate those who have passed.

The procession is uniquely Tucson and has become a sort of annual gathering that attracts people from around the country. Participants often wear costumes, paint their faces, and carry pictures of those they have loved and lost. The grand finale is an explosion of music and dance that continues the sense of reverence with which the procession started.

Run entirely by volunteers and funded by grants and donations from individuals and small local businesses, the 27-year-old All Souls Procession has become a massive event: About 25 participated in the first one in 1990; as many as 170,000 walked or watched last year’s event.

Here are some tips to help along the way.

New route

The procession will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at West Speedway and North Grande Avenue, proceed south on Grande to West St. Mary’s Road, take a short jog east to North Bonita Avenue, and then wend its way south to the Mercado, at West Congress Street and South Avenida del Convento. The walk is a little over a mile.


To read the full guide including parking, face painting tips, and clothing tips, click here.

To learn more about All Souls Weekend and the 28th Annual All Souls Procession, visit