Once a year the spirit of Tucson gathers for an organic experience. The All Souls Processions invites everyone to join and celebrate the lives of loved ones past. Animals and celebrities are included amongst those mourned, as 35,000 Tucsonans hold signs and create artistic floats in honor of the past. Faces amongst the procession and throughout the on lookers are painted with sugar skull designs channeling the true spirit of Dia De Los Muertos. Make shift bands join together and march throughout the procession while individuals bring drums and tambourines to play along wherever possible. Rather than a sense of sadness you might find at a funeral procession this gathering has an aura of remembrance, gratitude and most of all, celebration of life and lives past.
Prayers, wishes, offerings and hopes for the souls of those no longer with us are collected into an urn that is burned at a finale celebration. Fire dancers and artistic performers gather for a display of honor leading up to the release of the urn. On lookers gather to join in unison and the spirit of the community is reborn.
Buffalo Exchange walked in memory of our late cofounder Spencer Block. His memory lives on through his guidance and wisdom that leads one step at a time into the future.
There are those among us
Who show us through their being
That we have the possibility of goodness
– Spencer Block