It’s time for All Souls Procession Weekend


25th annual All Souls Procession will be on Sunday, Nov. 9, starting at 4 p.m. to assemble north of the 6th Avenue underpass into downtown, at 6:30 p.m. proceed along Alameda Street to Congress Street, then under the I-10 to the San Agustin Mercado, 101 S. Avenida del Convento (for the finale).  About 20,000 people are expected at this event, one of Tucson’s largest celebrations, a Mexican tradition to remember loved ones who have passed on.

Map of the route below:


The official poster for 25th All Souls this year was drawn by local Tucson artist Mel Dominguez, and this poster will also be on the All Souls Procession 2015 Calendar, available shortly for sale on their website,  Pre and post  All Souls Procession activities are also listed on their website.


And if you want to see more of Mel’s Dia de los Muertos artwork, stop by Pop Cycle at 422 N. 4th Avenue on Friday night Nov. 7th, , 7 to 9 p.m.


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. I saw dead people…thousands and thousands in tonight’s All Souls Procession, including Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers chanting with lanterns, Scottish bagpipers, Mexican maricachi serenaders & folklorico dancers, Brazilian drummers & dancers, brides, grooms, children, dead animals, bicyclists & carts with skeletons, coffins, etc. etc. Tremendous celebration in memory of the dead, plus protestors against LGBT hate crimes, nuclear power, prisons. All heading to the Mercado for the finale. Perhaps 50,000 in all in attendance, including spectators.

  2. Dropped by Pop Cycle on 4th Ave. to see Mel’s Dia de los Muertos artwork — very productive paintings of all sizes, some with cacti, lots of calaveras with black background. As usual a large crowd of admirers and friends were there. Enjoy the rest of this All Souls weekend, esp. the procession on Sunday night.

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