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Photos: Olvera Street Hosts The 'Blessing Of The Animals' From Pugs To Parrots

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Angelenos trekked out to Olvera Street with their beasts both large and small to be sprinkled with holy water in a Catholic tradition known as "The Blessing Of The Animals." The tradition in Los Angeles dates back 81 years, but it's rooted in an ancient ritual from San Antonio de Abad, the patron saint of the animal kingdom. Angelenos brought out their dogs, birds and even llamas, chickens, horses and other kinds of animals from the more rural parts of the county.