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Shooting to celebrate Saint John: Bacamarteiros

June 24, 2013 No Comment

In a few cities in the Northeastern state of Pernambuco, Festa de São João, the popular June 24th festival that celebrates Saint John, includes the noisy performance of bacamarteiros. These armed groups parade around town shooting their bacamartes, guns similar to a blunderbuss. A few women participate in this tradition, that seems to have its origins in Army celebrations, mainly the festivities after the end of the 19th century Paraguayan War.

Photographer Hesíodo Góes produced this amazing photo series of bacamarteiros of Caruaru, one of the Brazilian folk culture meccas. It was featured previously in the post Caruaru: hands down, the best place to shop in Brazil.

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Check also this short video shot in Caruaru, a couple of years ago:

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