Procesión y Misa en honor de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (East LA)

The Virgin of Guadalupe Procession is the oldest religious procession in Los Angeles – established by Mexican Catholics who fled persecution by the Mexican government during the Cristero War in 1931. The mile-long procession on Cesar Chavez Ave. features colorful floats, equestrian groups, mariachis, indigenous dancers, and Catholic school students escorting La Peregrina, an exact digital reproduction of the original image in Mexico City’s Basilica, which has been blessed and touched to the original image. This year marks the 486th anniversary when the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Mexican indigenous St. Juan Diego in 1531, leaving her image on his cloak, or tilma. The image has been a symbol of unity, peace, compassion and hope for people around the world. After the procession, a large-scale outdoor Mass is presided by Archbishop José H. Gomez and concelebrated with priests from throughout the Archdiocese, at the stadium at East L.A. College.