Category Archives: Chamarita

Good Crowd At HMB Chamarita Today

Below, the beautiful Half Moon Bay Chamarita Queen, Elizabeth Rocha, holding the crown emerges from the service at the Catholic Church, behind her two pretty “side” queens, Christina and Melissa; a member of the Half Moon Bay High School band … Continue reading

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1928 Chamarita, Half Moon Bay, Into The (Old) Catholic Church

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1928 Chamarita, Half Moon Bay, Marching Down Main Street

with Cunha’s Country Grocery Store in the background (left hand side), later heading for and arriving at the old Catholic Church.

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History of the Coastside's Beautiful Chamarita (6)

Throughout the decades the Chamarita has grown to include Festival Queens from Tracy, Newark and Santa Clara participating in the celebration at Half Moon Bay. But the Chamartia remains a small town festival sporting a carnival atmosphere with a Ferris … Continue reading

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1928 Chamarita, Half Moon Bay

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History of the Coastside's Beautiful Chamarita (5)

In the late 1890s the Brotherhood of the I.D.E.S. Society (The Society of Divine Holy Spirit) was organized and the first order of business was to raise funds for a new Crown to be owned by the Portuguese religious organization … Continue reading

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History of the Coastside's Beautiful Chamarita (4)

A band from Redwood City joined the festivities, playing marches. Along the route multi-colored Roman candles burned and there was the constant rat-a-tat-tat of small firecrackers. Almost everybody in town attended the Catholic service, standing room only in the church. … Continue reading

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History of the Coastside's Beautiful Chamarita (3)

In the early days men led the procession as Mrs. Brown’s Crown was carried to the church and blessed by the priest. Afterward the festivities continued at Mrs. Brown’s home where the revered Crown was on display. In the afternoon … Continue reading

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History of the Coastside's Beautiful Chamarita (2)

To the Portuguese the Crown symbolized a sign of the Holy Ghost, an object of much veneration, and the people of the Azores vowed that they and their children would forever commemorate the day of the miracle: Pentecost Sunday. No … Continue reading

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History of the Coastside's Beautiful Chamarita (1)

(Photo, 1928 “Holy Ghost Festival” outside the old Catholic Church in Half Moon Bay) “Tradition cannot be purchased Like a set of dishes, Or a kitchen appliance. Heritage must be preserved; Often it must be rescued. Or it must be … Continue reading

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