Whoa! Next time I'm in NYC, I've got to go to St. Patrick's! I've seen pictures of it before, but these are something else!
Is St. Pat's where they bless the animals. I think so and it was on TV one year. They had the usually pets, a few large snakes, zoo animals, a giraffe, I think, and a lion, and then, at the end the procession, an elephant trumpeted the altar and knelt down. My Methodist husband was very impressed. "You shouldn't wouldn't see that in a Protestant Church."