Marches come back to liven up Quarteira at Santos Populares

On the nights of June 12, 23 and 28, the city of Quarteira receives another edition of the Popular Saints, […]

IMG_4124On the nights of June 12th, 23rd and 28th, the city of Quarteira receives another edition of the Popular Saints, with the eight marches parade representing the main arteries of the city, starting at 21 pm, on Avenida Marginal.

According to the Câmara de Loulé, "over the years this event has become a true tourist attraction for the city and the Algarve region at this time of year."

This year, Rua da Cabine brings the theme “Viva Quarteira”, with a choreography that “intends to exalt this former fishing village that is today one of the main tourist centers in the Algarve: “Quarteira dos Quarteiras is queen of the varina and the fisherman”» .

This year, the Woman is highlighted in the presentation of the Marcha Poeta Pardal. “É a Mulher Portuguesa” is the motto launched by the group that “will recall the centuries-old tradition of hand-embroidered handkerchiefs by young women who offered to their boyfriends when they left for the Ultramar, as proof of their love”.

The March of Rua do Outeiro, one of the pioneers in the Popular Saints of Quarteira, in 2015 chose to pay tribute to its city with the theme “Quarteira is Queen”, because «although for many it may be a varina, its people the crown of queen».

Florinhas de Quarteira represent a group founded on a parish basis that was born 29 years ago, by the hand of Sister Rosa Santos, and has the particularity of integrating only girls and young girls. “Florinhas Moiras de Encantar” is the theme that the 51 members of the group will present.

“Raiz do Passo” is the theme chosen by Rua Gago Coutinho and “represents the first steps in dances towards the cultural richness of any country”. 50 elements, aged between 6 and 54, will march through this group.

In the year in which it completes the Silver Wedding, the Marcha Vasco da Gama presents the theme “The Algarve and its riches”. This parade will portray, through the clothes and accessories of the marchers, «“this marvel of the sea bathed in sun and golden sand”, without forgetting the Algarve mountains, the chimneys and almond trees in bloom that are true tourist postcards of the region».

The Vilamoura March, which «has been marked by the extravagance of the themes, in the year of 2015, will not escape the rule». With ”When the phone rings…” Vilamoura “decides to bring freshness and a lot of joy by returning to the 60s, 70s and 80s, presenting the great national successes that marked these generations and that many call for them to return. The group will pay homage to José Matos Maia, who was not only one of the main announcers of the requested records, but also made an important contribution to Quarteira on a theatrical level».

Children also participate in this parade and in this edition the Children's March of the António Aleixo Foundation has the theme “The 20 years of the António Aleixo Foundation”. "There are 20 years of beautiful memories full of stories, love and passion and dedication of those who, from Monday to Sunday, from January to December, throughout these 20 years, have made and are making the history of this institution." The Children's March of the António Aleixo Foundation is a project that, since 2003, parades in Quarteira.

According to the Câmara de Loulé, “in the three days of festivities – Stº António, S. Pedro and S. João – hundreds of people from Quarteira will march to an audience of thousands of people who, year after year, transform this event into one of the biggest of its kind to the south of the country».

This parade, which has free entry, is organized by APROMAR, with the support of the Municipality of Loulé and the Parish Council of Quarteira.