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Get Out: Blessing the Animals, Fracas Fest, Skate Shop BBQ

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Annual Blessing of the Animals
From Noon to 5 today, head down to Olvera Street with your dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, goats, and hamsters for the 79th annual Blessing of the Animals. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony will preside over this ceremony steeped in tradition, that includes a procession on Olvera Street commencing at 2:00 p.m. followed by the blessing. Want to be a know-it-all? How about this: The centuries-old ceremony of Blessing of the Animals dates back to the fourth century when San Antonio de Abad was recognized as the Patron Saint of the Animal Kingdom. In those days, the people would take their animals to the priest to receive a blessing and ask for fertility and health. Today, Blessing of the Animals is held in grateful recognition of the tremendous services given to the human race by animals. Oh, and you don't have to have a pet in tow to have fun!

6th Annual Fracas Festival
The improvised shenanigans continue tonight at USC as part of the annual Fracas Festival, which began Thursday and continues through the weekend. Tonight, at the Ground Zero Performance Cafe from 6 p.m.-Midnight, catch collegiate improvisers from all over the US, including area troupes from LMU, UCSB, USC, Chapman, culminating in an open jam from 11-midnight.

Sunken City Skates' Art Show and Free BBQ
Sunken City Skates in San Pedro is an up and coming shop run by two 24 year old local skateboarders. Tonight they are hosting an art show and BBQ for the popular skateboarding brand, Antihero, from 4-8. The shop is located at 619 South Mesa, San Pedro. Everyone's invited to "Come on down and get pumped."