More than 3,000 people, some in glittering costumes, dancing and playing music, walked seven miles to Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light Saturday in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“All of the parishes in Oakland are here today,” plus many from other East Bay cities, said Monsignor Antonio Valdivia, a retired priest from St. Louis Bertrand Church in Oakland, at the annual event. Bedecked in blue-and-silver costumes, members of Grupo Azteca danced through the courtyard to applause from the crowd. The group is made up of parishioners from the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Antioch.

The dancers, and all who participated in the pilgrimage, walked more than seven miles from St. Louis Bertrand Church to the Cathedral, some barefoot. The procession, with floats, musicians and costumes, began at 9 a.m. and arrived around 1 p.m., filing into the church for Mass.

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