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Mariachis parade in Mexico to celebrate patron saint of musicians

An image of baby Jesus dressed up as mariachi plays is seen Tuesday at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe to celebrate Santa Cecilia, patron of musicians in Mexico City, Mexico. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso1 / 4
A mariachi takes pictures with a mobile phone Tuesday at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe to celebrate Santa Cecilia, patron of musicians in Mexico City, Mexico. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso2 / 4
A group of mariachis poses Tuesday for a photo during the celebration of Santa Cecilia, patron of musicians in Mexico City, Mexico. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso3 / 4
A child plays the guitar with a Mariachi band Tuesday during a service to celebrate Santa Cecilia, patron of musicians in Mexico City, Mexico. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso4 / 4

MEXICO CITY— Hundreds of mariachi folk musicians filled the streets of Mexico City on Tuesday to celebrate and serenade the feast day of Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

Clad in their traditional cropped jackets and wide sombreros, the mariachi guitarists, trumpeters and violinists played songs and marched in procession to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

For years, Mexico City's mariachis have gathered to honor Saint Cecilia's feast day on Nov 22. Cecilia was an early Roman martyr who is often represented in art by a harp.

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