Category Archives: Holy Ghost Festival

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

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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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Laura Azevedo Fell Madly In Love At HMB's Chamarita

(Photo: 1928 Holy Ghost Festival, Half Moon Bay). When Laura Canadas Azevedo was 15 years-old in 1920, the Half Moon Bay teenager looked forward to the annual Chamarita, an evening of dancing during the historic Holy Ghost Festival–a time of … Continue reading

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2 Chamarita Queens: Angie Praeder & Minnie Valladao

In 1980 I was fortunate to meet and interview Half Moon Bay’s Angie Praeder and Minnie Valladao–it was for the documentary ["Mystery of Half Moon Bay"] that I was working on. The beautiful ladies, both former Chamarita Queens, were filmed, … Continue reading

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Chamarita! Holy Ghost Festival…Pescadero…

(Photo, Carolline Dias)

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