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Duluth All Souls Night 2021
The largest marionette in Minnesota, Max Skeleton, will lead “The Funeral March for Rotten Ideas” down seven blocks of the newly renovated and reopened Superior Street in Duluth, from Zeitgeist Arts to the Duluth Public Library Plaza.
This outdoor, masked, distanced, procession will also feature Boys Back Home brass band and the Spin Collective fire dancers. All community members are invited to join in for meaningful remembrance of loved ones by speaking the names of passed individuals, carrying a lantern, and/or a written bad idea (Rotten Idea) they wish to burn in the fire finale. Face masks embellished with skull features are available for free will donation, and everyone is encouraged to dress in black or as a skeleton. Participants are asked to research their own heritage and not culturally appropriate, and also enjoy the event responsibly, keeping in mind that young people are present.
The night begins at 6:30 p.m. in front of Zeitgeist Arts with a miniature ritual honoring passed ancestors with a projection covering the wall of the NorShor Theatre by the Embassy art cult led by tech wiz Daniel Benoit and friends. In addition, seven of Duluth All Souls Night founding artist Mary Plaster’s creations, four marionettes and three papier-mâché hand puppets, will be featured on a stage constructed by Clancy Ward of Saltwood Furniture Company.
At 7, Max, her seventeen-foot tall 2017 creation with artist Chris Lutter of Minneapolis, dramatically awakes and leads the Funeral March with aid of a hand-pushed gantry and five puppeteers on the ground. The march ends at the library with a fire ceremony, the burning of the rotten ideas, Spin Collective Fire Dancers and Renan Cruz Guatemalan kite ceremony.
Oasis del Norte taco truck will be in the vicinity after 4:30.