Motorists and revelers beware: The annual All Souls Procession through downtown has a new starting point.
The procession, which began in 1990 as a performance piece inspired by Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos holiday, has blossomed into a Tucson tradition that attracts thousands of visitors and participants each year.
This year the procession begins cueing up at 4 p.m. at the corner of North Sixth Avenue and East Sixth Street. The parade of costumed characters, some towering above the crowd, begins at 6 p.m. and wends through downtown before it ends at Congress Street and Linda Avenue near the Mercado San Agustin.
The procession culminates in a stage show featuring music and theatrics from A Tribe Called Red out of Ottawa Canada, the Carpetbag Brigade from San Francisco and Nemcatacoa Teatro from Bogota, Colombia.
Some downtown streets will be closed to traffic for much of the afternoon and evening Sunday during staging of the route and the procession.
Organizers said there will be a “short-term closure of both eastbound and westbound Interstate 10 frontage roads between St Mary’s Road and 22nd Street, as well as the Congress Street off ramps while the procession is passing underneath I-10.”
Go to www.allsoulsprocession.org for more information about the procession or the traffic changes.
Also, expect a few roads to be closed this Sunday afternoon as the All Souls Procession snakes through the heart of downtown Tucson.
Closures, beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, include:
— Sixth and Seventh Avenues between Sixth Street and Toole Avenue
— Seventh Street between Fifth and Seventh Avenues
Additional closures begin at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday.
— Church Avenue between Pennington Street and Franklin Street
— Granada Avenue between Broadway Boulevard and Paseo Redondo
— Sixth Avenue between Pennington Street and Toole Avenue
— westbound Congress Street will be closed at Grande Avenue.
Additional short-term closures of both eastbound and westbound I-10 Frontage roads between St Mary’s Road and 22nd Street, as well as the Congress Street off ramps while the procession passes underneath I-10.
Roads are expected to re-open to traffic after 7 p.m.