The one-mile-long procession ends with a giant urn for participants to throw their messages to the dead into. And then there’s music and performance art.
From a huddle of 20 or so creatives and artists, the Procession has grown to 150,000 and into a major event that attracts people from all over the USA and beyond. Says Many Mouths, One Stomach,
the non-profit organisation which organises it: “It’s people powered and people created.”
The tradition has spread into popular culture, and even to the UK. The 2017 Disney film Coco
captured the Mexican Dia de los Muertos traditions superbly, and a Day of the Dead procession has now appeared in London. In Tucson, the 32nd annual All Souls Procession will take place on Sunday November 7th after a whole weekend of citywide art events and community workshops.
* Gillian Drummond is a PR consultant based in Scotland who lived in Tucson for 17 years.