LAist got out of the house today and attended the 75th La Benedicion de los Animales/Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street. An annual event held on the Saturday before Easter Sunday, this year attracted a large crowd. Since unexpected (and expensive) dental surgery sidelined our feline companion, we didn't participate in this year's procession and blessing.
Instead, we stood on the sidelines and took pictures. However, we found a canine correspondent, and LA resident, named Bucho (pictured above) who gave us his impressions:
Hi, Bucho here. Well, we made it to the procession after parking near Alpine Street. I must say the first thing that hit me were the smells. The exotic smells of downtown Los Angeles are memorable. I can tell where we are as soon as I stick my snout out the car window.
Chinatown smells spicy; anise scents the air. The first smell I pick up on Olvera Street is leather. Must be all those wallets and shoes for sale.
We lined up for the procession in a rather haphazard manner. First came the work animals-beast of burdens like an ox and a cow. I even saw a huge hog, too. Then came the horses, who were well-dressed in braids and silver bridles.