Good Friday pilgrims set out for Chimayo

Posted at: 03/28/2013 6:07 PM
Updated at: 03/28/2013 10:26 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Friday is Good Friday, and the holiday has a special meaning for those who make the annual trip to the Santuario de Chimayo.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 left Albuquerque Thursday afternoon and met up with so many pilgrims that come from all walks of life - from the old to the young - who will all end their trek at the Santuario.

Local and state officials began putting up signs earlier this week warning motorists of the walkers.

And the Santa Fe County Sheriff's office plans to set up a drunk driving check point to make sure offenders and the walking pilgrims don't mix.

Law enforcement officials are urging drivers from Santa Fe to Espanola to Chimayo to be on high alert driving Thursday evening - looking out for those making their way to Chimayo.

People will also be taking part in another Good Friday tradition -the walk up Tome Hill.

The hill is about 30 minutes south of Albuquerque.

Every year thousands of people make the 30 to 45 minute hike up to three crosses that sit atop the hill.

The crosses are meant to symbolize Jesus' ascent to the scene of his crucifixion.

It's a centuries old Good Friday tradition for faithful New Mexicans.