Monday, May 24, 2010

The Portuguese Festival Parade

Every year, the Portuguese American community in Hollister holds a festival on pentacost Sunday to celebrate the life of Queen Isabella, who was said to have helped the poor against the wishes of her husband. The annual celebration is a two-day event. On Saturday night, the community holds a dance and crown the queen and princesses of the festival. Sunday morning is the parade and feast.

After 50+ years, I finally saw my first Portuguese Festival Parade. Festival queens and princesses from surrounding communities also joined in with Hollister's own. The parade marched up  7th Street to Monterey Street to 5th Street and then down to Sacred Heart Church.

The Festival Queen and her Court of Hollister

To learn more about the local Portuguese festival, check out these new articles from the local newspapers:

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