Parishioners celebrate Juquila

Costumed dancers, musicians and celebrants parade on Eigleberry Street in Gilroy Nov. 23, beginning the 10th annual all-day celebration of the Virgin of Juquila by the parish group Comite Familias Unidas of the St. Mary Parish. The celebration dates back to 16th century, when pilgrims began telling of healings and other miracles from the clay soil around La Juquila, a small wooden statue at a shrine at the chapel of El Pedimento in Oaxaca, Mexico.