Farewell to São João de Braga with Tradition and Music

This year, São João de Braga returned to the city, from June 14 to 24, and it was the joy of the raids that took the leading role of the festivities. This Monday – fair is marked by the Sanjoanino Parade and the Closing Fire.

Today the last day of the sanjoaninas bracarenses begins, at 08h00, in the Square Mestre Veiga, with the Entrance of the Philharmonic Bands. Half an hour later, at 8:30 am, Praça da República will be animated by the animation groups: Gigantones and Cabeçudos do São João de Braga, Equipe Espiral and Zés Pereiras Sampaio de Antas.

At 09h00, in Largo de S. João do Souto, the Sanjoanino Parade begins, with the Herbal Car, the car of King David and the Shepherds’ car, with performances from Largo de S. João do Souto to the Municipal Square. During the afternoon, this procession will start at Rua D. Frei Caetano Brandão and end at Largo de São João da Ponte.

At the same time, Largo do Paço will host a Concert of Philharmonic Bands with the participation of the Musical Band Arcuense and the Musical Band of Vale de Cambra. At 10h00, in Largo de S. João do Souto, there will be a Solemn Eucharist of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, animated by Orfeão de Braga. An hour later, in Bridge Park, another Solemn Eucharist of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist will be celebrated, this time animated by the Santo Adrião Choral Group. At noon, Praça da República will be the stage of the Rodopiada de Gigantones e Cabeçudos.

During the afternoon, from 15:00, Largo do Paço will once again receive a Concert of Philharmonic Bands, with the Musical Band Arcuense and the Musical Band of Vale de Cambra. At 4:30 p.m., in the Primate See, a solemn Eucharist will be celebrated in honour of St John the Baptist. At 5:00 p.m., in Largo de S. João do Souto, there will be the Translation of the Angel of Saint John towards the Cathedral, followed by the Acclamation of Flowers at 5:15 p.m.

At 6:00 p.m., the Solemn Procession of Saint John the Baptist begins, which will have ten “andores” and hundreds of extras, highlighting the Saints of the month of June and the Patrons of the city of Braga. The itinerary of the procession will consist of several streets, making its return to the place of departure, the Primate See.

At 19:20, the Primate See will host the Farewell to Saint John, held by the Cultural and Festive Association The Bells of the Sé. Ten minutes later, at 19:30, in the Church of S. João do Souto, the farewell will be made by Rusga de S. Vicente and Banda Musical de Cabreiros.

The last night features a concert by the band The Gift, at 22h00, on the stage of Central Avenue. To close the Festivities of São João de Braga, at 23:30, Central Avenue will be illuminated by the Closing Fire, marking, thus, the farewell of the Braga sanjoaninas.


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