The 83rd annual "Blessing of the Animals" was held the day before Easter 2012 at Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Hundreds of animals waited in line with their owners to be paraded past Archbishop Jose Gomez, who blessed each with a seemingly endless supply of holy water. There also were folkloric performances, a parade of farm animals and a generally sweet atmosphere. Los Angeles rarely feels like a small town but a simple, neighborly sweetness was the order of this day.