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Event Photography: All Souls Procession 2010

This past Sunday, the annual All Souls Procession wound its way through Downtown Tucson. This event is meant to help participants remember the departed, and attendance is well into the five figures.

Like any large Tucson event, there’s a substantial police presence. Here’s part of the law enforcement contingent that gathered at 4th Avenue and University Boulevard before the parade started…

Event photography - Tucson Police Department squad cars and officers before the start of the 2010 All Souls Procession

Further down 4th Avenue, there was a ghoulish percussion ensemble…

Event photography - Ghoulish percussionists performing before the start of the 2010 All Souls Procession, Tucson, Arizona

All Souls is heavy on audience participation. Which makes it a great place for the twirly wand guys to sell their wares…

Event photography - Twirly wand sellers on 4th Avenue before the start of the 2010 All Souls Procession, Tucson, Arizona

At the head of the parade is a large urn that gets burned at the Grand Finale. According to the All Souls Procession website, the urn is “filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes of the public for those who have passed….”

Event photography - Urn at the head of the 2010 All Souls Procession, Tucson, Arizona

While I was waiting for the procession to start, I stood next to a young couple with a toddler son. They told me that All Souls was a family tradition, and they’re not the only ones. Here’s a ghoulish marching couple…

Event photography - Ghoulish masked couple marching in the 2010 All Souls Procession, Tucson, Arizona

Such a large event means that it’s a big event for the bars, restaurants, and nightclubs on 4th Avenue. The Surly Wench Pub’s contribution to the festivities? A Black Cherry Bake Sale…

Event photography - Black Cherry Bake Sale at the Surly Wench Pub after the 2010 All Souls Procession, Tucson, Arizona

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