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A very belated post from the 2014 Marian Days festival, the the largest Roman Catholic festival in the United States. This was the 37th year for the event where between 60,000 and 80,000 Vietnamese-American Catholics gather at the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix in Carthage, Mo., which has a population just under 15,000, to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. I shot part of the event for the Joplin Globe back when I was in school and have been itching to go back ever since. I initially planned on shooting a documentary story but I changed my mind and decided to take advantage of not having a deadline or editors and shot for fun and the joy of shooting. People camp on the grounds of the monastery and in the yards of nearby homes, there are religious lectures and programs, food booths selling Vietnamese cuisine and a huge outdoor mass every night. I will certainly return and do a more in-depth story on this when I can devote the time it deserves. Thanks for looking.

 

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