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Delcambre residents celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day

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Some residents in Delcambre are celebrating tonight in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. 

The Hispanic community in Delcambre came together to celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The day is associated with the veneration of the Virgin Mary the mother of Jesus Christ. On December 9, 1531, it is said that Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego in what is today Mexico City, Mexico. 

The feast day is now celebrated on December 12, but events leading up to the day often take place.

The feast day is a celebrated tradition in Mexico and like the traditional day, with a twist, residents in Delcambre made a pilgrimage to their church. "What it means for them is very special, because they bring their culture here. That doesn't mean they are assimilating but rather they are integrating but keeping their own traditions and there own cultures," said Christina Leblanc Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Lafayette.

The half-hour walk residents took through the town ended with a celebration including food, fun and a mariachi band. 

Leading up to the event the group travels to a different house each day and prays the rosary.

A larger celebration will be held in Lafayette at the Cathedral of St. Johns the Evangelist on December 12, 2017. A procession will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a mass at 7:00 p.m. A reception will follow after the mass. 

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