|GOING MY WAY? THE FIRST VEHICLE I SAW AFTER WALKING ACROSS THE BRIDGE.|
The group from Sevilla set off from Triana around 10:00 this morning, Wednesday. They are expected to have all arrived in Rocío by midnight Saturday. Pilgrims walk; drive; ride horseback; ride in carts pulled by oxen, mules, tractors... you name it. Each procession is led by a paso carrying an emblem of the Immaculate Conception.
|SOME PROMINENT INDIVIDUALS ESCORTING THE PASO.|
|MY FIRST GLIMPSE OF THE PASO.|
(THE GREEN HAT BANDS ARE IMPRINTED WITH THE NAME "TRIANA.")
|I WONDER HOW MANY PILGRIMAGES THEY'VE SEEN PASS.|
|THE FLOWER PETALS.|
I was trapped in the crowd during the musical/floral interlude and I was grateful to be tall enough to be able to reach my arms above the heads of the people around me so I could take pictures. The motorized vehicles all waited on the edge of Triana for the paso, the marchers, the horses, and the ox carts to reach them. Then, everyone took off.
|LOLA IN TRAVELING CLOTHES (NO HEELS THIS WEEK.)|
A BEER BREAK BEFORE THE CROWD CATCHES UP.
Alex waited with the car. Albert, Lola, and some family and friends walked with the crowds until they reached him. Then, everyone but Lola drove off. Lola will not get back in the car until Saturday! The back of the car was filled with food and drink, so Lola will be well-fed and hydrated for her 78-km walk.
|KIND OF THE WAY SAN GERALDO'S ANCESTORS TRAVELED TO DAKOTA TERRITORY.|
(BUT NOT QUITE...)
|AND NOW THE PARTY STARTS.|
|I THINK I'D RATHER WALK.|