Somehow I lucked out on Sunday and bumped into a small parade that I had also chanced upon last year. I don’t really know much about it, but it was absolutely beautiful.
The procession was on 49th between 8th and 9th, by Mother Burger and Blockheads, and it was solemn at times, and lively at others. The men involved, clad in purple robes with white ropes around their necks carried a massive display of flowers, Mary, and Christ.
There was a full band accompanying the procession, and the music was loud and proud.
Frankincense filled the air in cloudy wisps. The first cool air of fall cleared the nasal palette so to speak, and the smell was pungent.
At one point, there was a dance number from a group of four guys and four women that involved sword fighting. It was amusing and beautiful at the same time. The guys’ hats looked Peruvian to me, but I didn’t ask anyone about the procession while I was there.
I was a little caught up in watching their celebration from my little bubble, and didn’t want to intrude and ask questions. Didn’t want to spoil the moment. Maybe next time.