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In Photo: Chamarita brings parade of princesses

Princesses keep it cool during heat wave

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From left, Jazlyn Dasilva, Nayeli Dasilva and Jacelyn Rios from San Leandro take cover from the sun during the annual Holy Ghost Festival. Kyle Ludowitz / Review

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.​ 

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From left, Nicole Bettencourt, Analise Avila and Kaylie Carvalho from Watsonville before processing down Main Street. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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Cameron Caley, middle, waits in formation with his cousin João Martins before the start of the Main Street parade. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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Joseph Reyes from Santa Clara shows that getting dressed-up for Holy Ghost isn't just for princesses. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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Dozens of young women took part in transforming themselves into princesses for the annual parade. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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Two marching bands and a bagpipe troop kept the rhythm going during the parade. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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Ornate dresses, gowns and sparkling capes gives the Holy Ghost Festival a unique look that draws the curiosity of tourists visiting over the weekend. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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From left, Nicole Bettencourt, Analise Avila and Kaylie Carvalho lead the row of visiting princesses in the parade. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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For the littlest girls, their sparkling robe is often larger then them. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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The Holy Ghost parade always ends at the Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic church for Sunday Mass. Kyle Ludowitz / Review 

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