Yesterday, one of Manhattan's most awwwww-some events took place: The annual Blessing of the Animals at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.
The cathedral was packed with humans and many, many animals, a tribute to St. Francis of Assisi and his love and compassion for animals. Attendees brought their pets to enjoy a program of dance and music and sermons. According to photographer Sai Mokhtari, Dean James Kowalski's sermon reflected on "the need to cultivate a renewed focus on global warming," discussing the recent climate march and comparing the environmental movement to the civil rights movement: "He talked about endorsing a carbon emission tax and holding polluters financially accountable, about responsibility and conservation."
Still, the show-stopper, as always, was the procession of animals—llama! predator birds! goat! snakes! camel! turtle on a wagon! The events inside the cathedral were followed by a fair on the church grounds, with face-painting, animal adoptions, and animals rights information.