Beginning at midday, Monday, people arrived in the Plaza de Armas, Cuzco’s ample main square, one by one or in groups to accompany Cusco’s patron, the Lord of Temblors, and his faithful in their traditional, annual procession.
The religious, state-sponsored, and private schools of Cusco—San Antonion, La Merced, La Salle, Educandas, Santa Ana, and others were also present.
All eleven of the entrances to the main square were carefully guarded by the national police, municipal police, and the firemen. From the Cathedral’s doors they put up security cords in order to allow the Taytacha, the Lord, to move smoothly on his way.
The procession began at 2 pm when the image of the Lord came out of the Cathedral and passed around one side of the Plaza, up Plateros Street, by the Parque de las Madres, the San Francisco Plaza, Marqués Street, and Mantas street before returning to the Plaza de Armas after nightfall. When he returned lights illuminated the Square. It seemed an ant mound of people. Every space was so filled that you could only see the heads of those present. People could not even move. Every year a very large percentage of the people of Cusco come to receive the blessing of the Taytacha de los Temblores as he returns to the Cathedral.
Rain was about to fall on the City’s Monumental Core where the Lord continued his parth. But the people’s faith was greater than the power of rain. The heavens cleared for a bit and the fear of rain vanished. In each church along the way the Taytach gave his blessings while the songs of the choirs calmed the large multitudes who wanted to touch the Lord of Temblors and his platform. The press, national and local, was also present along the route. There were cameras on all sides as well as drones in the sky filming. Reporters and videographers transmitted the whole procession. It was a great celebration.
Unlike in other years, it did not rain this time. The faithful found themselves prepared with their rain ponchos and umbrellas, but the sun made the day and evening warm. On all the balconies and in the streets people were prepared with red ñuqch’u flowers to toss on the image of the Lord like rain.
After the procession, in the eleven entryways to the plaza, you could fina d a great variety of street food: anticuchos, rice with egg, turquish rice, lomo saltado, mazamorras (puddings), and much more.
Note: We were unable to publish this note on March 22, the day after the procession, due to serious and generalized problems with internet in Cusco. Hopefully they are now resolved