Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gloucester’s Portuguese Crowning Tradition

This past Sunday, June 15th, I joined the Portuguese community in Gloucester in honoring a celebrated Crowning ceremony, a tradition that has been embedded in Portuguese history since the 14th century. The morning started with a parade of both children and adults, departing from the DES Portuguese American Club on Prospect Street. The parade, complete with both banners and music, walked to Our Lady of Good Voyage Church for Mass at 10:00 A.M., where the Crowning ceremony took place.  Following Mass a celebratory feast ensued.

The Portuguese Crowning tradition first started during Queen Isabella of Portugal’s reign, who is credited with the annual practice of naming one of her subjects as king for a day. Portuguese immigrants brought the Crowning ceremony to Gloucester, and other parts of the country, over 100 years ago. The ceremony is one full of prayer, joy, and tradition. Gloucester has been honoring this tradition since 1902. I am grateful to have been apart of this year’s commemoration.

The photo posted above was taken by my friend Manuel Simões.  To see more photos that he took of this past Sunday’s event, please click here.  Posted below are a few photos I was able to capture during the feast.