On Dec. 12, a group of Carpinterians gathered at El Carro park to celebrate the Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a traditional Mexican holiday that honors the Catholic saint and dates back to 1531. Isabelle and Reynaldo Peña started the tradition in Carpinteria five years ago for people who wanted to celebrate as a community and couldn’t make it to Mexico. The Peñas, along with family, friends and fellow members of St. Joseph Church, enjoy a traditional meal at El Carro park, then walk and ride horses to Dahlia Court before completing their procession at St. Joseph Church. 

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