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Published on Dec 9, 2013
The sound of rhythmic drumbeats and the snakelike hiss of rattles carried through the neighborhood and down to the San Antonio River as generations of San Antonians performed La Danza de Matachines Sunday morning at Mission Concepción.
Attendance was down this year, but the convergence of three feast days on the Catholic calendar proved stronger than freezing temperatures for those who assembled for the 7 a.m. march and 8 a.m. dances outside the mission and inside the church. Grandfathers danced alongside adolescent granddaughters, each keeping the same beat, dancing the same steps, sharing the same costumes adorned with beads, feathers and religious symbols.