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"Our Lady of the Cloud" annual Jan. 1st procession
« on: January 01, 2009, 12:12:08 PM »
Happy New Year!

Well, here's a first.

About an hour ago, I heard something outside that sounded like a high school band, but I couldn't see anything and the sound just vanished after a minute or two.

15 minutes ago, I heard it again and much louder. It seemed to be coming from Anderson St. Suddenly, I saw some sort of procession with a police escort going east on Anderson between Union and Main. They turned left on Main and the music stopped. I don't know what happened after that.

Anybody have any idea what that was?



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Re: "Our Lady of the Cloud" annual Jan. 1st procession
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2009, 02:13:59 PM »
Since there was a police escort, I called the HPD to find out what it was.

"A funeral" and they hung up.

Today on page L-3 of The Record, there's a photo titled, "Our Lady of the Cloud". Below the picture - which shows exactly what I saw - it says:

"Ecuadorians, in a New Year tradition, making a procession with a figure of the Virgin Mary on Maple Avenue in Hackensack leading to a festival at Holy Trinity Church."

Some funeral.



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Re: "Our Lady of the Cloud" annual Jan. 1st procession
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2010, 02:27:53 PM »
This year, when I heard the sounds, I knew what it was and went out to get some cell video. I was pretty disappointed when I got home and found out that "Record Sound" had been turned off for some reason. It's a pretty empty video without the sounds of the singing and the musicians.

In the short vid, the procession had just made a left onto Main St from Anderson.



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Re: "Our Lady of the Cloud" annual Jan. 1st procession
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2011, 05:00:41 PM »
You may remember me wondering what this was when it appeared on Anderson St two years ago. You may also recall me making a video of it last year and the sound was off.

O for 2.

This year, I got it right. I headed straight for Holy Trinity as soon as I heard the band coming down Anderson. I also found out what it's all about.

It's called "Our Lady of the Cloud". It's an Ecuadorian New Year's Day tradition with a procession in which a figure of the Virgin Mary is held high as the crowd marches to the church. They sing and have instrumentation, but it sounds rather solemn and almost dirge-like. The story behind it, however, is anything but funereal:

http://www.traditioninaction.org/Questions/F030_VirginCloud.html


In this picture, the procession has just come onto Maple Ave from Main St:









The Virgin Mary figure is carried on the shoulders of the young men:









The procession approaches Holy Trinity (which, BTW, will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year). The doors to the school gym were open and I could hear music inside, so I'm guessing that's where the festival took place after church.









Women in native costume precede the statue. If you look closely, you can see some smoke. One of the women carried some sort of burning incense:









The procession stopped and started every minute or so for the entire route. They walked during the short song (or prayer?) and stopped when the band played. Then it took a long time to get everyone into the church:









Finally, the Virgin is carried into the church:









The band continues playing until the last person gets inside:









Besides the cell shots, I also took some video. The first one is the repeated song with the band starting to kick in at the end. The second one is the repeated instrumental. I'll be hearing that in my head for quite some time.



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Re: "Our Lady of the Cloud" annual Jan. 1st procession
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013, 08:00:25 PM »
I found out that the staging area for the procession is the Rite Aid parking lot on Anderson St, so I walked over there to get a photo of Our Lady of the Cloud before it was hoisted on men's shoulders.

Since I had photographed the procession at street level two years ago, I decided to get an overall view of it from my roof as it passed Union St on Anderson.

One problem: they changed the route and took a shortcut on Pangborn directly to Holy Trinity Church, so the second shot is all I got.

I guess if you piece the years together, you can get the complete picture.

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"Our Lady of the Cloud" annual Jan. 1st procession
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2016, 04:31:01 PM »
Every January 1, the Ecuadorean segment of the Holy Trinity Church has a few-blocks-long procession to the church that usually comes straight down Anderson St and cuts over to Maple Ave where the church is. It's dedicated to Our Lady of the Cloud - an Ecuadorean Catholic tradition. Here's the story about that: http://www.traditioninaction.org/Questions/F030_VirginCloud.html

I've shot it a couple of times in past years and it sounded kind of funereal, so I forgot about it...............until a heard a loud noise around noon today that was a couple of blocks from my apartment on Union St. I could see it 2 blocks away on Passaic St - a new route - and it was headed my way (I'm guessing they still assembled at the Rite-Aid parking lot and exited on the Passaic St end instead of onto Anderson St). It made a left onto Union St to go right past my building. It looked and sounded very different this year - much brighter with unusual dancing characters and little or no dirge-like music. I grabbed my camera and shot a few from my roof and then went downstairs to shoot some more.


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