Wednesday, November 08, 2006

All Souls Procession


When I think of the experience of being part of the All Souls Parade, I hear the drums that were the heartbeat of it all. They started out at a sedate walking pace and gradually got faster, louder, more jazzy. At one point we went underneath an underpass and in that small space it was like you could feel them pulsing in your bones.

All Soul's seemed to me in some ways quintessentially Tucsonan. There was no registration, no rules except local laws. People just showed up in costumes, some quite elaborate, that they made themselves to honor their dead. It seemed to me to have roots from a lot of different influences - the latin Dia de los Muertos, the more Anglo Halloween, Madi Gras. It is a celebration by the living of people who were loved and who died. Its been held for 17 years, just a few people at first but now thousands.

4 Comments:

Blogger Meg Nakagawa said...

Fabulous masks! I can't imagine the amount of art you have in Tucson and feel very lucky you capture them so well! Go, Tucson!! Yay, Louz!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Kala said...

that is some history - it looks like the perfect parade for this season - did you dress up as well?

1:19 AM  
Blogger luggi said...

Very cool! (And a good day yesterday.)

3:33 PM  
Blogger DaveM said...

Looks very good and those masks, they worked hard on the make up. Its interesting to see how different cultures celibrate similar events.

10:10 PM  

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