Tens of thousands turn out for All Soul's Procession

Tens of thousands turn out for All Soul's Procession

CREATED Nov. 4, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov. 5, 2012

Reporter: Marcelino Benito, Web Producer: Laura Kittell

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The All Soul's Procession trekked through downtown Tucson Sunday night. Huge crowds turned out for the Tucson tradition. Tens of thousands of people showed up to remember their loved ones and celebrate their lives.

The tradition began more than 20 years ago. In Mexico, it's called "El Dia de los Muertos," a chance for friends and family to commemorate those who have passed on.

Those who marched in the procession painted their faces, dressed in elaborate costumes and made creative puppets and altars for their loved ones. Many also carried their family member's photos up and down Tucson's downtown.

The route this year also a lot different because of ongoing streetcar construction downtown. This year the All Soul's Procession ended at the Mercado San Agustin where thousands watched a special concert.

The event wrapped up with a spectacular finale where a huge urn burned thousands of pieces of paper with the names of the dead.

Despite crowds in excess of 35,000, donations were down this year. Organizers say 4th Avenue businesses usually donate large amount of funds, but construction along 4th Avenue has hurt businesses. They've been unable to donate as much this year.

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