Tuesday, May 4, 2010

After Cinco de Mayo comes Flores de Mayo

The Filipinos at Our Lady of Fatima in Coquitlam are hoping for a good turnout this weekend at Santacruzan, also known as "Flores de Mayo." It’s a religious festival in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary and traditionally celebrated in May with a parade of colourfully decorated floats and elaborately dressed participants representing biblical and historical figures, under a canopy of elaborate floral arches.

Coquitlam's Santacruzan will start with an assembly at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the gym at Our Lady of Fatima School. The procession starts at 3:30 p.m., going along Alderson Ave., up Allison Str., along Edgar Ave, then finally down Walker St., ending at Our Lady of Fatima Church, where Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. It’s all followed by a dinner and dance at the church hall at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to watch and then join in the fun at the dinner and dance. Tickets are $20 each from Myrna Mata at 604-524-4393 or 778-889-4664, or by emailing mlmata@telus.net.

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