Posted by Bob Logan on Oct 24, 2019
Program on 10/30/19:
The All Souls Procession is the largest and most inclusive “Day of the Dead” inspired events in North America.  This year marks the 30th Annual event, which had humble beginnings in 1990 with an intimate gathering that spilled onto the streets of Downtown Tucson with a few dozen participants.  Now this FREE public ceremony draws over 150,000 participants (worldwide) and creates over $27M in impacts each year.  Many Mouths One Stomach (MMOS) has been the sole producer and catalyst for harnessing this growth over the last 25 years.  Our story is one of determination, sacrifice and dedication to having a free public, ceremonial ritual that costs nothing to attend and is beholden to nothing but it’s direct, altruistic intention of honoring those who have passed without profit, commercialization or corporatization of any kind.
Biography – Paul Weir
Paul Weir is the technical director of the All Souls Procession.  He has been a performer, designer, fabricator, technician and producer for 30 years.  As technical director for Flam Chen he has produced numerous performances in North Americas as well as overseas.  Flam Chen has innovated work that is often imitated and has inspired many in the entertainment and event industries.  Since 1998 Paul has been pushing the boundaries of public performance spectacle inside the Procession with his signature aerial and pyrotechnic effects as well as novel use of the urban space as a staging playground for large-scale civic celebrations.   He works with many civic authorities outside of Tucson as well, contributing to large-scale public celebrations and festivals throughout the U.S.
Flam Chen was instrumental in the development of the Mercado District and is the artist is residence and technical producer at the MSA ANNEX.