A procession down Broadway led by a miniature donkey marked Palm Sunday in Manhattan.
Hundreds of people carrying palm fronds walked from St. Paul's Chapel near the World Trade Center to Trinity Church at the top of Wall Street.
Drummers, chanting singers and priests participated in the procession in observance of the Biblical description of Jesus entering Jerusalem a week before his crucifixion.
A crowd-favorite of the Palm Sunday procession appeared to be a miniature donkey named Diego. Jesus is said to have ridden into Jerusalem on a donkey's back to start what is now called Holy Week.
At St. Patrick's Cathedral, Cardinal Timothy Dolan blessed palm fronds at a morning Mass. The palms are distributed to congregants and are often crafted into crosses.
The faithful celebrate Palm Sunday one week before Easter Sunday. This is the beginning