|Colored Sawdust used to create mat|
|Flowers are used for this mat|
|Those with banners lead the processional|
While the processional is still a ways away, young men with banners began to make their way down the street as the music from the band can be heard long before one sees the musicians.
|The largest float with the suffering Jesus|
As the processional approaches, priests swing censers filling the air with incense. Immediately my head began to react to the smell and I realize why I could never be a Catholic, Orthodox or Buddhist priest (there's other reasons, but my allergies is at the top of the list).
The floats are carried on the shoulders of men who wear purple robes. Those who carry the float are exchanged each block. As they slowly move forward, the float seems to rock back and forth. Time seems to appear to slow down as the float waddles down the street carried by local men.
The statue of Jesus carrying the cross provides a visual that goes well with the mournful sounds coming from the band.
The band follows the Jesus float, providing a mournful tune to encourage those who are a witness to the processional to reflect on their sins and on our human role in crucifying the Savior.
Following Jesus is a float of the blessed mother of the Savior, Mary.
I think these were statues of Mary and Joseph.
It was over in 30 minutes. Even though my head was clogged, it wouldn't have missed this experience. It was also beautiful and mysterious.