Santos Populares spread party for Castro Marim

Until the 9th of July

Santos Populares will spread the festivities around Castro Marim until the 9th of July, through dances and fairs and another edition of the Mast Contest, a tradition much cherished by the people of Castro Marim.

For almost a month, «garlands of flowers, balloons and lanterns made of colored paper mingle with the smell of rosemary and basil, traditional fado, quatrains, marches and popular music. They are unavoidable landmarks of this tradition, which result from the work and dedication of the various local associations in the municipality, which, year after year, give wings to creativity and unite the community around this great festival», according to the Castro Marim Chamber.

«After a month of dances, where the jury evaluates originality, creativity, traditional aspects, the courts alluding to the Popular Saints, among other factors, the Mast Contest culminates in Arraial de S. João, in the heart of the village raiana, Castro Marim, on the night of June 23», he adds.

The XXI Mast Contest is organized by the Municipality of Castro Marim and has the collaboration of local associations and clubs: Grupo Desportivo e Cultural do Rio Seco, Clube de Junqueira, ARCDAA – Associação Recreativa, Cultural e Desportiva dos Amigos de Alta Mora , Campesino Recreativo Futebol Clube, Casa do Povo do Azinhal, Recreational and Cultural Association of Azinhal, Musical Band Castromarinense, Cultural Association “Amendoeiras em Flor”, Brotherhood of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Festival calendar:

June 10
Ball with Group + 2 | Rio Seco (club headquarters) | 21:30

June 11
Ball with Zé Aníbal | Junqueira – Multisport | 21:00

June 16
Dance with Zé Aníbal | Altura (former Primary School) | 21:00
Ball with Conviviality of Artists | Altura – former Barrocal School | 21:00

June 18
Dance with Ricardo Catarino | Azinhal (Parish Council Square) | 21:00

June 19
Dance with Duo Reflexo | Castro Marim (Largo da Casa da Música) | 21:00

June 23
Arraial de São João with Group + 2 | Castro Marim (1º de Maio Square) | 20:00

June 24
Dance with Silvino Campos | Alta Mora (former Primary School) | 21:30

June 25
Ball with Group + 2 | Azinhal (Parish Council Square) | 21:00
Dance with Luís Godinho | Rio Seco (Clube Rio Seco headquarters) | 21:30

June 26
Dance with José Passadinhas | Monte Francisco (campesino headquarters) | 19 pm

June 28
Ball with Sérgio Conceição | Height (next to the Church of Height) | 21:30

July 1
Dance with Duo Reflexo | Junqueira (multisport) | 21:30

July 9
Ball with Filomena Raposo | Rio Seco (Clube Rio Seco headquarters) | 21:30