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Photos: Blessing of the animals on Olvera Street

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Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gomez celebrated Holy Saturday with a blessing of the animals on Olvera Street. The blessing has been a tradition on Olvera Street since its founding in 1930, when priests would bless cows, horses and goats at La Placita Church “to help ensure health, fecundity and productivity.” The line for animal blessings began at 1 p.m. in front of Pico House on Main Street.

A man carries his dog as an archbishop looks on

Ray Garcia of East Los Angeles brings Wicket for a blessing by Archbishop José Gomez.

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A man with a bird on his shoulder

Joshua Cueto waits for Peanut, his cockatiel, to be blessed.

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A bishop on a street with people gathered around

Archbishop Gomez leads the blessing of the animals.

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A bichon on hind legs awaits a treat

Kiwi Montana, a bichon on hind legs, waits for treats while in line for a blessing.

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Cecilia Garcia brought the ashes of her dog Cachita to be blessed.

Cecilia Garcia brings the ashes of her dog Cachita to be blessed.

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An archbishop splashes water on a man with outstretched arms

Archbishop Gomez blessed people too during the event.

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