Marujada procession mixes historical traditions

Jose Batista launching a firecracker during Marujada religious celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
A girl attending Marujada religious celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
Women in procession outside Saint Benedict Church during Marujada religious celebrations in honor of the Catholic Saint in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
Joao Gomes, 64, center, with his family outside their home during Marujada celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
A procession in honor of St. Benedict filling a street in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil during Marujada religious celebrations.
Women performing the Retumbao dance during Marujada religious celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
Clara Padilha Gomes preparing spiritually for the Marujada religious celebration, in honor of St. Benedict, at her home in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
A cowboy who successfully placed a stick through a small ring during the Cavalhada event, part of Marujada religious celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
Women wearing feathered hats with colorful ribbons performing the Retumbao dance during Marujada religious celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
A woman holding red ribbons for the champion of the Cavalhada horse riding event during the Marujada religious celebration in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
Young cowboys competing in the Cavalhada, using small sticks and rings, during Marujada religious celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
Vania Ramos and her daughter Ana Beatris standing before an altar inside their home as they prepare for Marujada religious celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
Men carrying a statue of Saint Benedict holding a baby Jesus during Marujada religious celebrations in the fishing town Braganca, Brazil.
Sabrina Correia Aviz holding a statuette of St. Benedict inside her home, before the start of Marujada religious celebrations in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
Women at the port wearing feathered hats with multi-colored ribbons before the start of a procession honoring Saint Benedict during Marujada religious celebrations in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.
A girl in costume taking a selfie at the port in the fishing town Braganca, Para state, Brazil.
A family arriving on the Caete River to attend Marujada religious celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil.

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Started in 1798, the Marujada religious celebration mixes indigenous, African and Portuguese traditions. It arose when black slaves persuaded their masters to let them form a brotherhood to pay homage to St. Benedict.