Pilsen's Via Crucis Procession Draws Hundreds
For more than 30 years, eight Catholic parishes in Pilsen have organized a reenactment of Christ's suffering and death. Hundreds marched through the heart of this Mexican neighborhood today. There were Roman soldiers and weeping womenâ€”as well as a Jesus who carried a wooden cross down the middle of 18th Street.
Diana Jaramillo of Westchester says she started coming to the annual procession as a kid.
JARAMILLO: We used to live in Pilsen and we moved out to the suburbs and we come every year to witness this event.
Jaramillo is passing the tradition on to her seven-year-old daughter.
JARAMILLO: Every year she says she wants to come. So we make sure we come out here for her.
Participants are asked to meditate on modern-day suffering in the world. This year's theme was immigration. The event isn't all religion: vendors hawk cotton candy and cut fruit even as readings describing the crucifixion are piped over megaphones, and Jesus is nailed to a cross on a little hill in Harrison Park.
Linda Lutton. WBEZ.