Dia de San Juan gives hope for a rainy monsoon

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A June tradition in Tucson continued on the west side Tuesday.

The 17th annual Dia de San Juan drew crowds of people to Mercado San Agustin.  Forty booths of food, crafts, information about the city, and pamphlets from political candidates lined the lot.  A procession entered and the ceremony began about five in the evening.  The day always fall on June 24th, and four to five thousand usually attend.  Twice as many can be there when the day falls on a weekend.   The day honors John the Baptist and celebrates summer rains in hopes of good crops and strong monsoon gardens.

Attendance this year was an estimated 5500.

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