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Procession of Little Angels kicks off All Souls Weekend

Posted at 9:43 PM, Nov 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-06 00:43:32-04

The All Souls Procession Weekend provides a chance for families to gather and remember their lost loved ones. With many events going on all weekend, one of the more popular ones is the Procession of Little Angels -- a smaller-scale procession and festival designed for children.

Event Director Jhon Sanders believes this is a day to stop and think about the many things that make people human.

"Our mortality, life, death, love, family, friends, community," he said. "And we do it together."

The Procession of Little Angels leads up to the grand finale of the weekend, the All Souls Procession, which attracts tens of thousands of participants. However, this event is a more kid-friendly ordeal, and puts the celebration in terms children can understand.

"It's driven by kid energy. It's not necessarily somber, it's very playful. It's very animated," Sanders said. "So, it gives them an opportunity to kind of, come to terms with these subjects that we deal with in their own way."

Performers at the event use song, dance, show, and storytelling to convey lessons to the children there.

Andrea Russell comes to the event year after year, with a special memorial for a daughter she lost. That daughter is survived by a twin sister. She appreciates how this night for the kids is designed to teach them about life and death.

"To teach them about life and death, and remembrance, and that death isn't frightening," Russell said. "It's just a part of everyday life."

The All Souls Procession is Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.