5 Favorite Things from the All Souls Procession 2013 in Tucson

Despite the fact that it occurs right after All Hallow's Eve, the annual All Souls Procession in Tucson is by no means a Halloween-oriented celebration. Indeed, there are few connections between the yearly exercise in candy and costumed excess and this esteemed Day of the Dead-themed Southern Arizona celebration, except that both are concurrent on the calendar and have meandering roots in Catholic culture.

The All Souls Procession is more of a sacred and emotionally tinged event. It has been held every year on the first Sunday in November since its founding in 1990, and the event draws more than 100,000 people to the streets of downtown Tucson to honor those who have passed to the great beyond or to celebrate Día de los Muertos.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.