All Souls Procession draws thousands to downtown

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thousands of people from across the region are celebrating in downtown after the All Souls Procession.

Dancers performed on a big stage near the Mercado off Congress and I-10. It's the ending after a full day of honoring the dead.

Live music, skeletons and unique floats make up Sunday's 24th annual "All Souls Procession." Hundreds marched through the streets of downtown Tucson. They're celebrating the lives of loved ones who have died.

"We had a lot of death in our family within the last year and so we're here to honor them," said Marysol Galvez. It took Galvez months to help build this skeleton. She says it's a way to connect with loved ones in a spiritual way.

"You just want to be able to feel the presence of others that lost friends and family," said Galvez.

"Last year, I had a grandma that died and she was in England. So, I didn't get a chance to go to her funeral or anything," said Jeff Elms. "This is a good way for closure for me."

Some marched with colorful costumes and pictures of those who have died. It was an event for all ages, some even threw candy to children on the side.

"Really in Latin America, this is a celebration and not so much of a somber time," said Galvez.

The procession is one of the biggest non-motorized Day of the Dead parades in the country, with an estimated 50 thousand people in attendance.

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