Drawn from the street by the welcoming sound of accordion music, Bwog stumbled upon the celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis and Blessing of Animals at St. John the Divine.

Pigs, goats, dogs, and more than a few types of birds were on hand for the festivities, along with Amsterdam Ave’s native squirrels and pigeons and a handful of adults doing the hokey pokey in animal costumes. (Bwog’s favorite was the beagle in the bowler hat and plaid pants.)

Said one girl, “They’re scary animals.”

Photos by Jon Hill, Grant D’Avino