All Beasts Blessed in Old Town Last Sunday

January 24, 2013

The fourth annual Blessing of the Animals in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park attracted more than 500 attendees and their pets this past Sunday. This was the highest attendance recorded in the event’s history. From a blue tonged lizard to a wolf hybrid dog, all animals were blessed by Monsignor Mark Campbell.

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Chopper the Biker Dog at Blessing of the Animals 2013 (photo by Casey Dean)

Participating exhibitors included animal adoption agencies such as the Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego and Shelly’s Shelter. Chopper the Biker Dog and Sindi Somers were on hand to entertain and educate the crowd. Sponsored by Old Town’s Fiesta de Reyes, the event also featured a pet costume contest and a pet and owner look-a-like contest.

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Msgr. Mark Campbell blessing the animals in the crowd (photo by Casey Dean)

Historically, this event has been happening for more than 300 years – dating back to the 1700s. The present day event is modeled after annual Benediction of the Beasts which celebrates St. Anthony of the Desert, the Patron Saint of Animals. For more information about Blessing of the Animals, call 619-297-3100.

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