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The weekend heat wave didn’t deter the dozens of princesses assembled in all their regalia for the annual Holy Ghost Festival and parade down Main Street in Half Moon Bay on Sunday morning. In honor of the sacrifices made by Queen Isabel of Portugal in the 13th century to end a famine, this ritual marks an important rite of passage for many in the Portuguese community.
Also known as Chamarita, the weekend festival includes the infamous Chamarita sandwich that's highly sought after by locals, carnival rides, bounce houses and is centered around a parade down Main Street to the Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church for Sunday Mass.