saturday, Nov. 8 at armory park
Procession of Little Angels is on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Armory Park, from 3 to 7 p.m. A child-appropriate version of All Souls, where kids can celebrate loved ones, decorate sugar skulls and cardboard wings, take in some performances and be part of a park procession. Stories that Soar will there with their special brand of storytelling. The Children's Altar Project and personal altar projects will also be part of the event this year.
The All Souls Procession 2014 route and staging area this year is on Sixth Avenue just north of the underpass into downtown. Groups, individuals and other participants start gathering at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9. There will be music and keep a look out for volunteers asking for donations to help pay for this year's procession. The procession formally begins at 6:30 p.m. toward the Westside, under I-10 to Mercado San Agustin for the finale ceremony. Yes there will be a stop at Alameda Street and Granãda Avenue to accommodate the streetcar. Be patients. A route map can be downloaded here: bit.ly/1AbOsye
HOW TO HELP SUPPORT
Fundraising for the All Souls Procession, which costs almost $100,000 to put on every year and receives no city or county funding, starts a couple of months before the procession weekend with house parties and a series of fundraisers. Donations can also be given through Many Mouths One Stomach. Returning for a second year is street busker troupe, Hungry Ghost. While you're waiting for the Procession to begin with your people or group, those buskers will be offering some entertainment at the staging area, other areas of the procession, at the Mercado and the finale site. They will have buckets, people, so drop a few dollars in those buckets. Many buskers will also be on pedi-cabs. In theory, as many All Souls Procession volunteers like to remindus, is that if everyone who came actually threw a couple of dollars into the bucket, the entire event would be paid for. Make it happen.
THE DANCE OF THE DEAD
Let's be honest, by the end of the procession, you are tired. Many Mouths One Stomach, will have a live video feed of the procession finale at the Rialto Theater at 8 p.m. If you don't want to be at the finale, or can't for different reasons but you want to see the Dance of the Dead show, you can come to the Rialto at 8 p.m., watch the finale and then enjoy some wonderful music from the Itchy-O Marching Band. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 day of. Also part of the show is Phoenix's Dry River Yacht Club and Tucson's own Desert Soul Marching Band. However, the Itchy-O Marching Band are worth every effort to amble back to the Rialto post finale. You are guaranteed to be reenergized by this high-energy 32-piece, percussion centered electronic marking band from Denver, Colorado. The band recently toured with David Byrne and St. Vincent, have played Riot Fest w/Iggy Pop, and opened up for Devo, The Melvins, Beats Antique, March Fourth and many others. And here they are, ready to help put a dancing end to All Souls. For more on the show, visit rialtotheatre.com.