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Community to pray for rain at annual Dia de San Juan Fiesta

Posted at 4:31 PM, Jun 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-24 01:11:52-04

Sunday is the 21st annual Dia de San Juan Fiesta in Downtown in which the community comes together and prays for rain.

Tradition says San Juan brings the rain to the banks of the Santa Cruz River, kicking off monsoon here in the Old Pueblo. 

This year's celebration will carry on as normal, despite some difficulties. There was speculation that the event would not happen this year after the lead organizer of the event, Lilian Lopez-Grant, passed away last year. Thankfully for many, her daughter and the community stepped up to keep the tradition alive. "This was my mom's last project for the community (and) I am going to continue to live here and I thought that I really needed to do," Liza Grant said. 

The feast, also known as Day of St. John the Baptist,  will happen west of the Santa Cruz Riverbed, south of West Congress Street at the Mercado San Agustín Annex. People will gather for a procession and an appeal for summer monsoon rains, a blessing, and a festival featuring live music, dancing, games, food, and refreshments. 

Date:
Jun 24, 2018

Location:
Downtown Tucson, AZ

Time:
6-10 pm