During the year the "pasos" -- statues to the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ -- remain in their alcoves in Spanish churches.
SV Tracking shot along crowd lining route
SCU Children TILT UP to adults behind
SV Band carrying instruments in hand march slowly past
SV Statue surrounded by men wearing hoods
SV Man in hood dress carrying cross TILT to round ankle
SCU Low angle shot cross carried by penitents
SCU Man in hood carrying cross
CU Cross pass spectators
SV Spectators PAN to more crosses carried
SV Line of men with crosses
SCU Statue on ornate carriage pushed
SV Statue of Christ carried
SCU Ditto face of statue
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Background: During the year the "pasos" -- statues to the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ -- remain in their alcoves in Spanish churches. At Easter, they are accompanied by hooded men through the streets of cities and towns.
The statues are dragged on carriages or carried by "colfradas" -- a group of men who belong to a particular church.
These men are accompanied by the penitents -- hooded men carrying heavy crosses and walking in bare feet or dragging chains attached to their ankles to atone for their sins.
The hoods, shaped like those of the American Ku Klux Klan, date from the Middle Ages in Spain. The Madrid procession, on Good Friday night, took three hours to cover its annual route through the Spanish capital.
As the 12 Pasos passed by, the crowd sang a "Saeta", an emotional song of adoration. Military bands also accompanied the statues and crosses.