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Another successful All Souls Procession

Posted at 10:11 PM, Nov 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 00:11:53-05

Another All Souls Procession weekend is in the books, after participants marched down a new route that started in the Barrio Hollywood neighborhood.

The event typically draws close to 150,000 people who walk for two miles, honoring and celebrating the lives of the dead.

One of those people this year was Cory Arndt. He carried the spirit and memory of his loved one, Tim, along with the many others at the procession.

"I wish he could see this with me. But unfortunately he passed, but it's a great way to honor his memory," Arndt said. "It's just an amazing feeling to be around."

From music, to dance, to intricate and elaborate memorials, to painted faces, everyone has their own way of partaking in the events throughout the weekend. That's one of the reasons why Elizeba Saldivar thinks it's such an amazing event.

"You see everybody's loved ones, and all of the vibrant color, and everybody puts together their creativity to remember somebody, it's incredible," Saldivar said. "That's the celebration that somebody puts together for someone's life, that's what it's all about."

People follow a glowing urn on the march, the urn full of names of people, memories, and wishes, written on paper by the participants. At the end of the procession, there's a ceremonial lighting of the urn.

"We're celebrating their life here on earth," Saldivar said. "And celebrating their life above and beyond."