Faithful walk 32-miles for "Our Lady of Guadalupe"

32-mile trek across the Coachella Valley

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The march reached its final destination at 6:30 pm.


Hundreds of faithful were walking from one end of the valley to the other in honor of Catholic figure "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Tuesday.

At 6:00 a.m. in the morning, the sounds of marchers singing and giving praise filled Coachella Valley streets. 

It's a 32-mile walk, a pilgrimage, honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe. Faithful gather for the march, every year on December 12 when they say centuries ago, "Our Lady of Guadalupe" first appeared to a young man in Mexico City.

"We'd like to invite everybody, St. John Paul the 2nd said she is the mother of all the Americas, of all the people," Father David Foxen, of Our Lady of Solitude Church in Palm Springs.

The walk starts in Palm Springs and is expected to end after 7 pm in Coachella. Drivers are asked to keep an eye out for the marchers as they make their way across the Coachella Valley.

The pilgrimage started at 6 a.m. at Our Lady of Solitude on 151 W. Alejo Road in Palm Springs:

  • First stop: 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. at an empty lot in the corner of E. Palm Canyon Dr. near Buddy Rodgers Avenue in Cathedral City.
  • Second Stop: 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
  • Destination: 7:00 p.m. at Valley Missionary Program in Coachella.

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