TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Friday marked the 49th edition of a well-known Tucson event where dozens of people help carry a 250 lb cross up A-mountain.
The Good Friday procession is put on by Los Dorados, a religious organization.
Anybody in the community is invited to attend and help carry the cross. On the way to the top, they stop 13 times to remember significant events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.
"It makes you feel like you're actually doing something and really feel a part of it," said John Rodriguez. He comes to the procession almost every year, but this was the first time he has lent a helping hand.
Once the cross is set on top of the mountain, it remains there till Easter Sunday under constant watch. Antiono Pinaro Santebanez will be on the mountain for 72 hours to keep his eyes on the cross.
"We keep a light on it so that everybody here in Tucson can look over the mountain at any time and everything is real dark up here and they will see a bright cross till Jesus rises on Easter morning," he said.
There will be an Easter Sunday mass at Sunrise on the mountain.