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Marian Procession takes a different turn


The annual Marian Procession takes place in Adelaide’s CBD again this year, this time following a new route.

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The 75th procession, which is being celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, will begin at Victoria Park (Wakefield Road) and end at Victoria Square.

The change is due to Port Adelaide Football Club’s scheduled home game, which means road closures and football activities will limit normal access to last year’s starting location (the Torrens Parade Ground).

The 1.5km procession, which is endorsed by the Adelaide City Council and South Australian Police, takes place on Sunday May 19. Participants are invited to assemble at 1.30pm for the procession at 2pm.

The Marian Procession began in 1949 and is the longest running consecutive Catholic event in Australia. It began at the Rostrevor Seminary and has been hosted in venues including various parklands, the Adelaide Showgrounds, and once in the Cathedral due to inclement weather.

Archbishop Patrick O’Regan said the Marian Procession was a wonderful opportunity to gather communities together and provide a prayerful experience with Mary as the focus.

For the first time, participants will not gather behind community/parish signs provided by the Archdiocese, rather the focus will be on walking together as ‘One Church’.

Communities and parishes are still welcome to carry their own banners or icons of Mary.

The Rosary will be led from Victoria Square where the choir will also be based. Prayers and hymns will be streamed and played through speakers. The event will conclude at approximately 4pm.

Parking is available surrounding Victoria Park or on Wakefield Road. There will also be two 13-seater buses on a loop after the event has concluded. These will drop participants back to the Victoria Park starting point.

The Archdiocese of Adelaide invites everyone to participate. Check Facebook and for updates.


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