Beaufort Co. Church Made Annual Religious Pilgrimage On Hwy 264

An annual pilgrimage for a Washington church had drivers and the Highway Patrol taking extra precautions Tuesday night.

On Highway 264 between Greenville and Washington, the Mother of Mercy Catholic Church held its annual Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe pilgrimage. An estimated 200 people took part in the 10 mile walk, while troopers blocked off traffic and rode alongside the participants. Eberarbo Machabo Salscar says he's done the 8-day pilgrimage in Mexico, and even though Tuesday night's was only 4 hours, he was proud to be a part of it.

"I can't even describe it to you because it's something you can't even say, it's something inside of you, you know what I mean? People think you're crazy for doing it but it's something you really love to do." said Salscar

The walk started at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and ended at the church on west 9th Street in Washington, where the feast began at 11:00 p.m.

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An annual pilgrimage for members of one church means drivers on a busy highway need to be extra careful this evening.

If you travel on Highway 264 between Greenville and Washington, heads up; the Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Washington will hold its Annual Feast of The Virgin of Guadalupe Pilgrimage. Father Arturo Cabra says an estimated 200 people will walk starting at 6:00 p.m. on Highway 264 East, from the Poorman's Flea Market to their church on West 9th Street.

They expect children and adults to participate. There will be DOT signs alerting drivers of the pilgrimage and there will be troopers escorting members during the 10-mile event.