Festa da Mãe Soberana
Annual procession in Loulé
Sunday, 19 April 2015 | Culture
The festival of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, known as Mãe Soberana (Sovereign Mother), is celebrated in Loulé for two weeks starting on Easter Sunday since more than 500 years. This festival of the local patroness of the region is considered the largest religious manifestation in Portugal south of Fátima.
The processions from the city to the sanctuary on top of a small hill west of Loulé is performed as a quick march at the sound of music specifically created for this spectacular occasion. A crowd of thousands of believers with white handkerchiefs and spectators from all over the Algarve, the neighbouring Alentejo and other places get together to celebrate and to admire this great event.