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Walking in direction of the pier we come across this procession, part of the Festival of the Divine Holy Spirit, here simple called Festa do Divino.

Occuring between May and June, around Pentecost (50 days after Easter)the Festival was bring to Brazil by portuguese colonists in the 17th century. This religious festival is still celebrated today in many Brazilian cities. One of the most traditional celebrations takes place in Diamantina, Minas Gerais State. The week-long festivities include masses and fireworks, culminating in the "parade of the Emperor."
Festa do Divino celebrations can also be found in two of Brazil's most beautiful colonial-era towns: Alcântara, Maranhão State, and Paraty, Rio de Janeiro State.
The townspeople dress up in colonial costumes, with many playing the roles of prominent figures from Brazilian history. The climax is a visit from the "Emperor," who arrives with his servants for a procession and mass at the church square. He frees prisoners from the town jail in a symbolic gesture of royal generosity, and strolling musicians known as Folias do Divino serenade the townspeople day and night.

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