Celebration of L.A.’s 237th Birthday Begins Saturday

Celebrations began Saturday to mark Los Angeles’ birthday, though the city has to wait until Sept. 4 to reach the ripe age of 237.

Mexican dancers begin a procession on Aug. 25, 2018 in celebration of Los Angeles' 237th birthday. (Credit: Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times)

Mexican dancers begin a procession on Aug. 25, 2018 in celebration of Los Angeles' 237th birthday. (Credit: Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds attended a Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown, then joined a procession to Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, commonly called La Placita, next to L.A.’s historic Olvera Street.

Though the event started with a Catholic homily, the celebration was billed as “multicultural,” according to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

“The first families of Los Angeles included Africans, Indians, Europeans and Asians from the Pacific Islands. And today the Church in Los Angeles speaks more than 40 languages,” Archbishop José Gomez said in a statement. “So we are celebrating Los Angeles and also the beautiful dream of America.”

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