Friday, April 14, 2017

Art created to be beautiful is then used underfoot

 Alfombras de Semana Santa at Parroquia La Sagrada Familia Cleveland 
In the Catholic world there are many customs. In Central America these sidewalk carpets are made of flowers and other material, sort of like the Rose Parade in Pasadena California. The climate of Cleveland prevents this, so here it is colored sawdust, sand, and flour.
On Good Friday, these carpets (alfombras) get trod on. The top two fotos are before noon, people are waiting to step off. This year, the procession starts at La Sagrada Familia, and takes a new route to St. Stephen, and then to St. Michael. The police maintained traffic one way. The procession went down Detroit, and then turned on West 65th [see next post].
The pastor of the parish, Fr. Robert Reidy brought the carpet custom to the neighborhood. It is the fourth year, and participation has increased. The procession has been of long standing.

Two of the alfombras, before and after.

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