The Blessing of the Animals has been a part of Olvera Street since its founding in 1930, but its practice dates back to the 4th century, when San Antonio De Abad was named the patron saint of the animal kingdom and began to bless animals to promote good health.
In the early days of the pueblo, the priest from La Placita Church would bless the livestock of the farmers to keep them healthy and productive, benefiting the entire community. The practice continued when Olvera Street opened in 1930, but the animals were a little different. No longer was the blessing limited to cows, horses and goats, but the blessing began to include all animals, especially pets. Many four-legged friends are seen members of the family, and the blessing is open to all. Whether they live on land, in water, or fly in trees, all animals are welcome to receive a blessing from Archbishop Jose Gomez on Saturday, March 26.
While the blessing is rooted in Catholic tradition, you do not have to be Catholic to participate. All animals, and humans, are welcome!
Blessing begins at 2:00 p.m., led by Archbishop Jose Gomez - ceremony and blessing lasts approximately 1 hour
Entertainment from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Line to receive blessing begins at 1:00 p.m. and will form at Father Serra Park, located between Alameda and Los Angeles Street
Join us for a family-friendly event,
that is free and open to the public!