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Protecting the Procession with Love: Tucson Angels

Woman dressed in white and smiling holding a sign that reads "The awful words you hear are called hate speech. I am not with this man." In front of a man wearing a shirt that reads "Fear God" and who is holding a bullhorn.

It takes all sorts of volunteers doing all sorts of things to make the Procession happen. This Tucson Angel is one of them. She and her predecessors have been working with the Usher & Ambassador crews for five years to help keep the Procession kind. Gratitude to her—and to all the other volunteers—for her service…

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Guest Column: On Costumes by Kari Beth Cadenhead

Kari and son in costumes in front of the Urn

As an attendee of the All Souls Procession and a Tucsonan by choice, I have a thing to say about costumes: I read a comment recently disparaging the Procession based on it “just being a big costume contest.” Despite the fact that it’s obviously not a contest (and I’m sure the naysayer meant that metaphorically),…

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Guest Column: Seeing With Heart by Houda

Houda in costume with blue eyeshadow and lipstick and wearing a blue and silver costume

Houda is a young refugee from Aleppo, Syria. Her first year in Tucson, she attended the 2016 Procession of Little Angels. 2017 was her first All Souls Procession, which she participated in as a member of the Community Spirit Group Ambassadors. She spoke about her experience in the Procession on the radio show—Mn Huna: Finding…

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Walking the Ghost River: 2017 Procession Route

In the desert, one finds the way by tracing the aftermath of water. ~ Alison Deming, as quoted by Ken Lamberton The All Souls Procession is moving this year. While the Finale site will remain the same, the starting point and route are changing. History This move is just the latest in a long history…

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Interview: Jessica Gonzales, 2017 Poster Artist

Jessica Gonzales has been creating art in Tucson for years—including a stunning mural on Scott Street downtown—and this year, she created the artwork for the All Souls Procession poster. You can purchase art prints of this year’s poster at Tucson Thrift Shop, English Salon Spa, Yikes Toys!, and more locations to be announced soon. We…

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Finale Ceremony Theme 2017: The Marriage of the Sun and Moon

In honor of our collaboration with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, we present “The Marriage of the Sun and Moon,” an homage to the roots of Western classical thought, drawing on the artistry of Medieval and Renaissance alchemical and hermetic texts. Modern science has its roots in the alchemical experiments of ancient Greece and Hellenic Egypt,…

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Creativity & Memory: Art Installations 2016

Continuing the Procession’s tradition of artistic expression as a way of expressing and understanding grief, the 2016 All Souls Procession Finale site will feature multiple art installations. A couple of them will be familiar from last year, but most of them are brand new. These artists grapple in different ways with grief, death, memory, and our place…

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