Blessing of the Animals
 Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Blessing of the Animals has been a part of Olvera Street since its founding in 1930, but its practice dates back to the 4th century, when San Antonio De Abad was named the patron saint of the animal kingdom and began to bless animals to promote good health. 

 

In the early days of the pueblo, the priest from La Placita Church would bless the livestock of the farmers to keep them healthy and productive, benefiting the entire community. The practice continued when Olvera Street opened in 1930, but the animals were a little different. No longer was the blessing limited to cows, horses and goats, but the blessing began to include all animals, especially pets. Many four-legged friends are seen members of the family, and the blessing is open to all. Whether they live on land, in water, or fly in trees, all animals are welcome to receive a blessing from Archbishop Jose Gomez.

 

While the blessing is rooted in Catholic tradition, you do not have to be Catholic to participate. All animals, and humans, are welcome!

 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

 

  • Blessing begins at 2:00 p.m., led by Archbishop Jose Gomez - ceremony and blessing lasts approximately 1 hour

  • Entertainment from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

  • NEW LOCATION FOR BLESSING LINE:
    Line to receive blessing begins at 1:00 p.m. and will be in front of the Pico House - please follow signs & instructions from event staff.

Join us for this FREE family-friendly & pet-friendly event!

STREET CLOSURES
The Blessing will take place on Main Street, NOT Los Angeles Street.
Main Street, between Arcadia and 
Cesar Chavez will be closed from
4:00am-6:00pm.
Please plan accordingly. 
Interested in sponsoring this event?
Please email osmaf.info@gmail.com

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