Machico celebrations attended by thousands

Weekend market a great success

The Journal reports on the 16th Century Market in Machico, first reported here, being a great success over its first couple of days.

From the arrival of the Portuguese ship landing in Machico Bay, watched by a large crowd of foreign tourists, with curiosity and admiration, appreciating the authenticity of the dress, the seriousness of the drama and the variety of animation.

After the “disembarkation” of the discoverers of Madeira, João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira, followed the usual ‘Courtship of the Navigators’, the crowds were treated to juggling, songs and dances of the time, theatre with the ‘Bolo do Caco’ and the parade of horses.

There were moments of humour, which amused young people, who vibrated with one of the ‘stars’ of the parade: a huge snake.

Also present were several ‘symbols’ of Madeira: the dry skipjack, the sugar cane and the traditional touch of the conch. The festivities continue today.


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