This coming Sunday, at 11AM, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine will have its annual Feast of St. Francis. St. Francis of Assissi is the patron saint of animals, so after the service, there is a pet blessing and an outdoor fair. While you may not be Christian or particularly religious, it's quite a spectacle to see the pets being blessed. In previous years, elephants, eagles, llamas, boas and camels have participated as well as more common pets, like cats, dogs, and birds.
Tickets are given on a first-come, first-servce basis starting at 9:15AM on Sunday, October 1. There is limited room because of renovation work at the cathedral. The pet blessing is from 11AM to 4PM, and choral vespers by candlelight are at 6PM.
A camel on the steps of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine at a previous Feast of St. Francis. Photo courtesy of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.