Tucson’s All Souls Procession   2 comments

All Souls ProcessionAll Souls Procession — Computer Painting by kenne

At dark yesterday, Tucson celebrated its 25th All Souls Procession, with over 100,000 people participating or watching along the procession route. Dressed in customs, painted faces, and carrying pictures,  it’s a night to mourn, remember and celebrate lost loved ones walking the miles-long procession. This annual event has become one of the most important, inclusive, and authentic public ceremonies in North America.

All Souls Procession

Thousands merge in the Old Pueblo
Some to stand on the curb,
Others to walk in the procession.

They gathered at Toole and Congress –
Painted faces, masks, costumes, floats
And banners honoring the dead.

Positioning near the start,
Street and flashing lights
Replacing the daylight.

Darkness setting the stage
For the night walkers to rise
Moving to a steady drum beat.

Whimsical maidens carry urns of the dead
Collecting names of loved ones to be
Ceremonially burned at procession’s end.

A Whitman sound in the dark,
Beat! Beat! Drums!
Mind, not the walkers.

They move slowly in the procession,
Holding old stained photographs,
Beat! Beat! Drums!

. . . And play the fife lowly.


(Click here for All Souls Procession images.)


2 responses to “Tucson’s All Souls Procession

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  2. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:

    The All Souls Procession took place this past weekend in Tucson. This posting is a reblog from five years ago. — kenne


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