November 6, 2020 - November 8, 2020
All Souls Procession and Grand Finale
Venue: Mercado San Agustín
Please know the 2020 All Souls will be hosted online only. We are still responding to our current pandemic and will keep our website updated.
MMOS is officially cancelling the physical, public aspects of the event for 2020. MMOS will NOT be closing streets for foot traffic or facilitating public gathering sites on Grande Avenue and the Mercado District. MMOS will also cancel all Official Pre and After party gatherings. MMOS will be bolstering all digital engagement aspects of the event and keeping the core ceremony alive. MMOS will deliver live stream broadcast and digital public access of the Finale ceremony. We make this decision with the health and safety of our community foremost in our hearts and minds.
Event history: The All Souls Processio was created to serve the need to publicly mourn, reflect on, and celebrate the universal experience of Death, through our ancestors, loved ones, and the living. The Procession had its beginnings in Tucson, in 1990 with a ceremonial performance piece created by Tucson artist Susan Johnson. Johnson was grieving the passing of her father, and as an artist, she found solace in a creative, celebratory approach to memorializing him. Says Johnson, "From the beginning, it was different people's ethnic groups, different cultures, but also it was all these different art forms put together."
After that first year, many artists were inspired to continue, growing the Procession into its modern incarnation. Today we find ourselves organizing well over 150,000 participants on the streets of downtown Tucson for a two-mile long human-powered procession that ends in the ceremonial burning of a large Urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes of the public for those who have passed.
Myriad altars, performers, installation art, and creatives of all kinds collaborate for almost half the year to prepare their offerings for this amazing event. The All Souls Procession, and now the entire All Souls Weekend, is a celebration and mourning of the lives of our loved ones and ancestors.