Portuguese Festa brings community together
by TP staff
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Festa celebration
Ean Underwood (from left), Dustin Crivello and Jace Pimentel carry flags and a banner at the front of the IPFES festa parade on Ninth Street Sunday morning heading to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Hundreds of people marked the 90th anniversary of the IPFES Holy Ghost “festa” with a parade, a Mass and the traditional meal of “sopas e carne” on Sunday.

A parade of queens from Tracy and neighboring communities marched from the Portuguese Hall on Ninth Street to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church on West Eaton Avenue for a Mass. The group returned to the hall for a meal of boiled beef and broth.

The festa concludes Friday with the traditional bloodless bullfights in the Campo Pequeno bullring behind the Portuguese Hall, 400 W. Ninth St.

The festa, held each year on Pentecost Sunday, is based on the legend of Queen Isabella, who is said to have prayed for divine help during a famine in the 13th century, after which ships filled with grain arrived to feed the starving.

 Contact Glenn Moore at gmoore@tracypress.com or 830-4252.

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