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Sovereign Mother

Loulé

The Mother Sovereign Festivities in Loulé are a traditional event held annually in the city of Loulé, located in the Algarve region of Portugal. 

The festival is held in honor of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, also known as the Mother Sovereign, who is the patron saint of the city.

The festivities take place over several days in late August and include a variety of activities and events, such as live music, street parades, and traditional dancing. One of the highlights of the festival is the Cortejo da Mãe Soberana, a grand procession that takes place on the Sunday of the festival. During the procession, a statue of Nossa Senhora da Piedade is carried through the streets of Loulé on the shoulders of local men, followed by a large crowd of worshipers and spectators.

The Mother Sovereign Festivities also feature a variety of religious ceremonies, including masses and processions, and a large fair with food and drink stalls, carnival rides, and games.

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