Afro-Peruvians honor heritage with religious fete - Article Photos 1/13

In this Sept. 23, 2012 photo, Patricia Lopez, left, prepares the statue of Santa Efigenia for a procession in La Quebrada, Peru. Every year, Peruvians descended from African slaves come to La Quebrada to celebrate the adored black saint, the only African saint venerated in Peru. A chapel was built in La Quebrada in the 18th century dedicated to Santa Efigenia, who was popular among the then Spanish colony's African slaves. Cat races, a fireworks dance and a night of eating and drinking close out the celebration. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)