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2016 Poster Art by Danny Martin

The Artwork of Danny Martin This 27th year of the Procession we worked with local Tucson based visual artist Danny Martin.  Danny’s  work relies solely on  expressive strokes – usually black and white deep contrasted images.  From comic book like scenes & surreal caricatures to extraordinary line work, vintage landscapes, neon signs and anything else…

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The Hunter & The Hunted: 2016 Finale Theme

UPDATE, Nov 2, 2016: For a fantastic in-depth look at how the Finale theme has evolved and taken shape since we originally wrote this post, check out Outfitting the Cycle of Life: Nadia Hagen Addresses Ritual and Spectacle in the All Souls Procession by Southwest Folklife Alliance.  Every year, the Finale Ceremony is unified by…

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2016 Finale Ceremony Musical Guest: SORNE

This year, we are thrilled that SORNE will be joining us to contribute the musical ingredient for the Finale Ceremony. Several of our volunteers have had the opportunity to experience his performance in small venues in Tucson over the past few years, and we look forward to sharing him with a larger Tucson audience. It’s as if…

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Many Mouths One Stomach 2015 $$ report

I know all of you are waiting with baited breath! Here it is the 2015 financial report for MMOS! We have come a LONG, LONG way and with your help will will go MUCH, MUCH farther! You can also download the PDF HERE.  


Toque de Huehuetl: Danza Azteca Callpulli Tonantzin

English by Melanie Cooley, Spanish translation by Lupe Lopez A long-held tradition of the Procession is the Domo: the invitation to floats, groups, and other community members to process across the stage at the beginning of the Finale Ceremony. Una tradicíon de nuestra Prosecíon es el Domo: esto consiste de invitar a las carrozas del…

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Forgotten Ghosts of the Road

Every year, the Procession has a theme. We talked about 2015’s theme of UnMournable Bodies in a previous post—those people who our culture doesn’t consider worthy of public mourning. The ones we forget, turn away from, or are repulsed by. The Ambassadors—the group that offers paper and pencil to people in the street during the…

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Posters of the Procession

Every year, a local artist’s work is selected to represent the Procession on posters, t-shirts, and other merchandise, the sales of which help fund the Procession. Over the years, we’ve had work from a diverse range of Tucson artists. Here are a few of the posters. (We are working on rounding up the files for…

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“When is the Day of the Dead Parade?”

We get this question a lot. And there are a lot of misconceptions embedded in it. Clearing up those misconceptions can help you have a much more meaningful All Souls Procession experience. Parade vs. Procession Let’s start with the easy one: Parade. The All Souls Procession is not a parade as parade is commonly defined. Usually, when…

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