IN PHOTOS: Devotees join Traslacion 2018

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The procession left the Quirino Grandstand at 5 a.m., marking the start of the day-long Traslacion. It will have 12 prayer stations which include Manila Hotel and Sta. Cruz Church. Photo by JL JAVIER

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — The Manila Police Department estimated 387,000 devotees at the Quirino Grandstand as of 5 a.m. this morning.

After a program and a mass at the grandstand, Task Force Nazareno, a group of men who lead the procession clad in yellow and red shirts, climbed atop the Black Nazarene and signalled the beginning of the walk from the grandstand to Quiapo Church, where the Traslacion is bound to end.

Here's a look at this year's commemoration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

Photo-16 (3).jpg Black Nazarene devotees at the Quirino Grandstand before the start of the procession at 5 a.m. Photo by JL JAVIER

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2018 Devotees waving their towels, ahead of the procession at the Quirino Grandstand around 6 a.m. Photo by JL JAVIER

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2018 Task Force Nazareno leads the procession. Photo by JL JAVIER

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2018 The Manila Police Department estimated 387,000 devotees at the Quirino Grandstand as of 5 a.m. this morning. Photo by JL JAVIER

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2018 The 2017 procession had 1.3 million reported attendees and went on up for more than 22 hours before it went back to Quiapo Church. Photo by JL JAVIER

Photo-31 (5).jpg Devotees started camping out in front of the Quirino Grandstand as early as Saturday, January 6. Photo by JL JAVIER

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2018 Nazareno replicas parked at P. Burgos near Liwasang Bonifacio. Photo by JL JAVIER

Photo-40 (1).jpg Nazareno devotees who are part of the procession walk barefoot for the whole duration of the festivity. Photo by JL JAVIER

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2018 Another replica of the Black Nazarene in Liwasang Bonifacio joins the procession going to Quiapo Church. Photo by JL JAVIER

Photo-58 (2).jpg The sea of devotees who joined the procession as the Nazareno passed by the whole stretch of P. Burgos. Photo by JL JAVIER

Photo-36 (2).jpg Nazareno replicas filled the Traslacion route. According to the Quiapo Church's Facebook page, there were already about 4,000 replicas since Sunday. Photo by JL JAVIER

Photo-41.jpg Members of religious organizations also anticipated the procession just as much as the devotees who wanted to get hold of or at least see the "andas" or the carriage. Photo by JL JAVIER

Photo-44 (1).jpg Every time the "andas" passes a crowd, devotees instantly wave their towels as a sign of veneration. Photo by JL JAVIER

Photo-49 (1).jpg The Task Force Nazareno would receive towels thrown at them, wipe the towels on the Black Nazarene, and throw them back to the people who owned these cloths. Having a towel that has touched the Nazareno image is said to bring good luck. Photo by JL JAVIER

Photo-53 (1).jpg Even children, like this girl holding a miniature Nazareno, braved the crowded streets and scorching heat to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene. Photo by JL JAVIER