Wooden crosses bearing the bloodied effigy of Jesus and huge framed pictures of the la Virgen de Guadalupe are walking alongside me down Mexico City’s Calzada de Guadalupe. Boys with gelled hair labor with crosses strapped to their back and middle-aged women lumber along the tree-lined avenue with enormous pictures roped to their shoulders in an image that brings to mind the depictions of the crucifixion itself.The religious icons are being bourn by Mexico’s millions of faithful, who for the last few days have been making the annual pilgrimage, many from miles away, to the city’s two Basilicas de Guadalupe.
MexicoReporter.com is the personal website of Deborah Bonello, a British multi-media journalist. She was based in Mexico City for the Los Angeles Times, but is now based in London and works as a VJ and video producer for the Financial Times. TheVideoReporter.com is her London-based site.