Hundreds of Spanish-speaking Catholics gathered Sunday for a parade honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe in downtown Raleigh.
Sacred Heart Cathedral organized the annual parade, which featured colorful costumes, dancing, drumming and a brass band processing down McDowell Street. A mass was held after the church in the cathedral.
Our Lady of Guadalupe made herself known to Latin Americans when she first appeared to Saint Juan Diego in 1531 and roses miraculously bloomed in December.
In a historical account written by Father Justin Kerber of Sacred Heart, Mary appeared as one of them, dark-skinned with Indian features. She told them she would be their mother. She would bring them compassion if they turned to Jesus, her son. She would always be the protector of the oppressed.