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El Cerrito in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Holy Ghost Festa

 
 
Holy Ghost Festa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 21, 2016
1. Holy Ghost Festa Marker
Caption: The Holy Ghost Festa at St. John's Chapel on Portola was to Liberty (circa 1940).
Inscription.  
The Festival of the Holy Ghost was started in Portugal by Queen Izabel to celebrate the end of a famine in 1296. Since the 1920s, Portuguese Americans have gathered in El Cerrito in late June to carry out this annual tradition with a parade, the selection of a new festival queen, and traditional Portuguese food, including sopas.

 
Erected by El Cerrito Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the California - El Cerrito - San Pablo Avenue Historical-Cultural Pavers series list.
 
Location. 37° 55.133′ N, 122° 18.82′ W. Marker is in El Cerrito, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on San Pablo Avenue near Carlos Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11140 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito CA 94530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quarries (within shouting distance of this marker); The Industrial Core (within shouting distance of this
Holy Ghost Festa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 21, 2016
2. Holy Ghost Festa Marker
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marker); Little Italy (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Streetcars in El Cerrito (about 800 feet away); Contra Costa Civic Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stege Sanitary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corridors of Change (approx. ¼ mile away); City Hall (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Cerrito.
 
More about this marker. This marker is across San Pablo Avenue from the intersection of San Pablo and Carlos Avenues, in front of St. John the Baptist Church.
This marker is one of The City of El Cerrito's Historical-Cultural Pavers.
 
Holy Ghost Parade in El Cerrito image. Click for full size.
By West County Blog, circa 2011
3. Holy Ghost Parade in El Cerrito
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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