The bulls are enraged, the sopas e carne are fired up and the queens are ready to be crowned. It’s festa time!
Tracy Holy Ghost festa, an annual celebration of Portuguese culture, begins today with cow fights, or vacada, at 3 p.m. today. The bravery of young people will be tested in the vacada when they meet a cow face-to-face in the ring.
The festa queen ceremony, a long held Tracy tradition, will crown Chelsea Arieas as senior queen and Isabella Edwards as little queen at 8 tonight, and a dance will follow.
People decked in traditional Portuguese attire will parade down Ninth Street and Central Avenue to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Sopas will be served for both lunch and dinner at IPFES Hall, 430 W. Ninth St., and a dance will follow.
Six bulls from Ganadaria Acoreana will meet matadors Cesar Castenada and Churro Ortego, both of Mexico, in the ring behind the hall.
Nearly 3,000 people celebrate festa in Tracy each year.