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Active Easter Weekend Filled With Old And New Traditions Downtown

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, April 05, 2010, at 09:28AM
Easter 2010 Ed Fuentes

From top-left: Blessing of the Animals at El Pueblo, International Pillow Fight Day at Pershing Square, Easter at Gladys Park, Easter Fest 2010 at Grand Hope Park, Easter Celebration at L.A. Live and Hatitude 2010 at the California African American Museu



Around Downtown, Easter Weekend saw a number of ways to welcome in spring. Egg hunts and picnics were held at Gladys Park in Skid Row and at Grand Hope Park and L.A. Live in South Park. Animals were welcomed at El Pueblo for the 80th Blessing of the Animals, and feathers filled Pershing Square for International Pillow Fight Day. A little farther south, high tea was served at the African American Museum to those wearing even higher hats for the 4th Annual Hatitude showcase.

On Saturday, El Pueblo's 80th Annual Blessing of the Animals brought the usual gang of rabbits, snakes, lizards, dogs, cats, and horses to visit Cardinal Roger Mahony and be blessed for their service and companionship to humans.

Always touching are the former pet owners who come alone and wait in line with the others, holding a photograph of a pet who passed away.

A first this year was a visit by a pet skunk. I hope no one minds too much that I didn't get too close to take a photograph.

Over at Pershing Square, International Pillow Fight Day filled the park lawn to near capacity. Park officials were pleased to see a slight wind have feathers float toward 5th and Hill rather than the fountain.

Technique ranged as wide as the pillows. Some used the two-handed swing that can shiver an opponent in their tracks, bursting a pre-sliced pillow. Others preferred the swifter one-handed style. Of course, the middle of the pack is where the real danger lies, leaving no room to escape. That didn't matter to these feather-weight warriors.

Also Saturday was "Easter at Gladys Park," a community-sponsored event that featured face-painting, an easter egg hunt, basketball games and a punching bag hosted by the Skid Row Boxing Club.

On Sunday, a pair of church-hosted Easter events in South Park offered recreation for Downtown kids. New City Church held its event in Grand Hope Park, while Live Church L.A. hosted its festivities at L.A. Live.

The best-dressed folks on Sunday were a little south of Downtown at the California African American Museum's 2010 Hatitude. "It's been a tradition in society to wear hats, or crowns," explained Charmaine Jefferson, the museum's Executive Director. "It's turned more into a fashion event. The hats in the church tradition are very serious."

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