On the base of the statue of the Blessed Mother carried in the procession are etched the names of the original founders of the event.
One of the original group who came from China and founded the procession and her granddaughter.
Parishioners and supporters of the procession decorate the statue with flowers, which is a part of the tradition.
A young boy places a rose at the base of the statue of the Blessed Mother to be carried in the procession.
Men are commissioned as Knights of Mary, and carry the statue for the procession, taking turns along the route.
Fr. Peter Lo, pastor of The Church of the Transfiguration, blesses all those in the procession prior to the start.
A group of students get ready to take part in the procession.
A young mom and her son from China, sporting Yankees caps and a Vatican flag, get ready to process with the others ... freely, openly and with the hope of a future in which they can live their faith without fear of persecution.
The procession of thousands moves through the city streets.
The congregation of St. Teresa's greets the procession at the steps of their church and offer a blessing and prayer along with them. This is one of two stops that the procession makes as it winds its way through lower Manhattan.
The procession returns to the church amid joyful cheers and confetti!
Fr. Peter leads the congregation in Benediction at the conclusion of the procession.