The most amazing thing about the processions was that they carried huge wooden floats that portrayed the image of Jesus carrying the cross. One of the floats was so heavy that there were 46 men carrying it! Even with so many men working together, they were still stooping under the weight. The women followed behind, dressed in their Sunday best, carrying an equally large float with the image of Mary praying. Those things have to be heavy!
"How much do those weigh?' I asked two boys dressed in purple robes.
"How far did you carry it?" I asked.
"From San Felipe," his friend Efrain, who is also twelve, told me. "It's about two kilometers from here. We do it every year, every Sunday during Lent. It's fun, but my shoulder hurts!"
I couldn't believe how hard everyone was working just to get the floats to the celebration. Then I remembered that the floats must return to the small surrounding villages and come back next Sunday! Ay carumba!!
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