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San Francisco to reroute buses for annual Catholic pilgrimage

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San Francisco will reroute buses along Mission Street on Saturday to make way for the 30th annual La Cruzada Guadalupana Pilgrimage. | Source: Jeremy Chen/The Standard

San Francisco will reroute buses along Mission Street on Saturday to make way for the 30th annual La Cruzada Guadalupana Pilgrimage, which is expected to bring Catholics from all across the region to the Peninsula and the city.

Beginning at 11:15 a.m., Muni will reroute several lines off of Mission Street, including the 14, 14R, 33, & 49 bus lines, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

The pilgrimage, which began in 1994, starts in the early morning hours as parishioners gather at All Souls Church in South San Francisco and ends at St. Mary's Cathedral on Gough Street.

The procession will have one stop between starting and ending points at the St. John the Evangelist parish church at Mission Street and St. Mary’s Avenue.

According to the event's Facebook, organizers are anticipating a procession of approximately 30,000 people, including 25 horses and 18 vehicles with an array of floats honoring the Virgin de Guadalupe.

Those hoping to attend can take buses from St. Mary's Cathedral to South San Francisco, according to organizers.

"We will be providing transportation from the Cathedral to All Souls Church in the morning as we have done in previous years," the group posted on Facebook. "The buses will start at 4am outside the Cathedral on the Gough Street side. We hope to see many of you so we can celebrate together this beautiful event full of Faith and devotion to Our Virgin of Guadalupe."

The purpose of the event, according to organizers, is to walk and pray for a number of causes, including the health of the sick, immigration reform, world peace and justice and personal intentions.

Joel Umanzor can be reached at jumanzor@sfstandard.com