IT WAS a colourful sight as more than 1000 people spilled over the crests in the road to the Black Hill lookout yesterday morning.
The annual Way of the Cross procession left St Columba's Catholic Church in Lydiard St Nth at 10am, led by Father Bill Van der Camp, from St Patrick's Cathedral.
The re-enactment of the last hours of Jesus' life before his crucifixion was marked by readings from scripture.
Both Catholic Bishop of Ballarat Peter Connors and Anglican Bishop of Ballarat David Silk took part.
Songs of praise filled the streets as the crowds walked the 3km journey in what has become a Good Friday tradition for many families.
It took two hours for the group to arrive at the Black Hill lookout.
Many hands made light work of the cross, carried on the journey.
Organiser Tony Beggs said the fine weather had encouraged many to join the walk.
"This is part of the whole Easter experience," Mr Beggs said.
"People want to come along and remember the importance of Easter."
While the ecumenical service is a religious event, the Way of the Cross has developed a strong communal element in the 30 years since its inception in Ballarat.
Many attend to enjoy the sharing of the tradition and the connections with others.