Tens of thousands of people showed up downtown for what the Los Angeles Times is calling "the largest celebration of the Virgin Mary in a generation."

Catholics flocked to the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon in order to pay tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, an icon of the Virgin Mary. The festival included traditional song, dance, and prayer, as well as speeches by Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez and others.

The Virgin of Guadalupe is considered to be the patron saint of Mexico, according to CatholicCulture.org.

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  • A woman sings as people pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe during an event in her honor at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. Thousands of Catholics filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe in what is believed to be the largest celebration of Mexico's most beloved saint outside of that country in 75 years. (AP Photo/David McNew)

  • The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe is played during an event in her honor at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. Catholics believe that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Saint Juan Diego in Mexico, in 1531, miraculously leaving her image imprinted on his coat, or tilma, leading millions of indigenous people in Mexico to convert to the Catholic faith. (AP Photo/David McNew)

  • Dancers prepare to enter the field as people pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe during an event in her honor at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. Thousands of Catholics filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe in what is believed to be the largest celebration of Mexico's most beloved saint outside of that country in 75 years. (AP Photo/David McNew)

  • People wear images of Our Lady of Guadalupe as they line up to get into an event in her honor at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. Thousands of Catholics filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe in what is believed to be the largest celebration of Mexico's most beloved saint outside of that country in 75 years. (AP Photo/David McNew)

  • People cheer as they pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe during an event in her honor at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. Thousands of Catholics filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe in what is believed to be the largest celebration of Mexico's most beloved saint outside of that country in 75 years. (AP Photo/David McNew)

  • Pedro Fernandez performs near an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe during an event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. Thousands of Catholics filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe in what is believed to be the largest celebration of Mexico's most beloved saint outside of that country in 75 years. (AP Photo/David McNew)

  • Dancers prepare to enter the field as people pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe during an event in her honor at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. Thousands of Catholics filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe in what is believed to be the largest celebration of Mexico's most beloved saint outside of that country in 75 years. (AP Photo/David McNew)

  • A large cross and umbrellas serve as a giant Rosary as people pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe during an event in her honor at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. Thousands of Catholics filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe in what is believed to be the largest celebration of Mexico's most beloved saint outside of that country in 75 years. (AP Photo/David McNew)

  • Dancers prepare to enter the field as people pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe during an event in her honor at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. Thousands of Catholics filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe in what is believed to be the largest celebration of Mexico's most beloved saint outside of that country in 75 years. (AP Photo/David McNew)

  • People reach for roses from Knights of Columbus member Jim Wehri as people pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe during an event in her honor at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. Thousands of Catholics filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe in what is believed to be the largest celebration of Mexico's most beloved saint outside of that country in 75 years. (AP Photo/David McNew)

  • People watch as Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles passes them carrying the only tilma relic known to be in the United States as people pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe during an event in her honor at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. Catholics believe that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Saint Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531miraculously leaving her image imprinted on his coat, or tilma, leading millions of indigenous people in Mexico to convert to the Catholic faith. (AP Photo/David McNew)

  • Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles carries the only tilma relic known to be in the United States as people pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe during an event in her honor at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. Catholics believe that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Saint Juan Diego in Mexico, in 1531, miraculously leaving her image imprinted on his coat, or tilma, leading millions of indigenous people in Mexico to convert to the Catholic faith. (AP Photo/David McNew)