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The Carthage Press
  • Visitors coming to Carthage for Marian Days

  • The grounds of the Congregation of the Mother Coredemptrix has come alive with activity.
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  • The grounds of the Congregation of the Mother Coredemptrix has come alive with activity.
    With the Marian Days celebration just around the corner, families from all over the world have started pouring in, setting up tents for their week-long stay.
    The Carthage Police Department will start blocking off the streets around the campus Wednesday evening.
    On Friday, Bach Tran and his wife, My Tran, and their family members: Martin Le, 14, Uytran Le, 20, Cecilia Phan, 11, and Simon Le, 13, were establishing their temporary home.
    As a family, they make the trip every year from Oklahoma City, Okla., and enjoy seeing friends they've made over the years.
    “This makes the 16th or 17th year we've come together,” said Uytran. “It's become a tradition more than anything.”
    For My, it is a spiritual experience.
    “I want to pray,” she said with a big smile. “I love coming here – I hope my family very happy.”
    Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan said road closures will be implemented later this week around the Congregation grounds.
    He said Fairview Avenue east of Grand Avenue will be closed at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, while Grand Avenue and Highland Avenue will be closed at 7 a.m. On Thursday.
    Dagnan said for the first time, Carthage Police will assign people to help park their cars during the event.
    “We can park a lot of cars on the Nazarene Church parking lot and on the Congregation property if we help them park,” Dagnan said. “If we just let them park, we won't fit nearly as many cars in.”
    Marian Days officially starts on Thursday and continues through Sunday.

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