I’ve wanted to participate in Tucson’s All Souls Procession for several years, but could never follow through, until this year.
If you don’t know what the All Souls Precession is click here for the history. It was actually created by one of my drawing teachers in college, over 20 years ago. It has grown with each passing year and is now HUGE, like-miles-long-HUGE!
It’s a wonderful way to honor those you love, who have gone on before you.
There is walking art EVERYWHERE! Every float is human powered. It was hard to get a lot of photos during the procession, but here are a few.
As I said this was our first year, and though I knew it would be amazing, I was a little intimidated and unsure of what to expect.
I found out one of the great things about the procession is that you can move freely through it, if you want to step out and take a break you can, and then you jump right back in whenever you’re ready. Because Ami’s legs get tired quickly these days (all that supersonic growing) we mostly watched.
I painted all of our faces. I had no idea what I was doing. I just kind of winged it. Ami and Conrad were the hardest, because they’re twitchy and squiggly and move all over no matter how hard they try to hold still.
I like how they turned out, and judging by all of the people taking our photos at the procession, so did everyone else.
Driving in the car to the procession. I pulled down the visor to check my makeup and a yellow butterfly fluttered out.
Derek and I both got teary eyed and I said “Hello Benny”. It was such a beautiful moment and I will treasure it forever! Thank you for staying with us always, Benny. You are thought about and loved every single day!
We can’t wait to honor Benny next year with pink flying piggies.
The All Souls Procession was such an uplifting experience! I am glad we finally made it there and we will be back every year from now on!!! If you ever get the chance to go, don’t hesitate, just do it! You’ll be glad you did.