Parading with numerous crucifixes, brilliantly coloured banners, statues and much pomp and devotion, the people of Sao Paulo celebrated Corpus Christi Day--June 5th.
Long shot of Sao Paulo's cathedral
several shots of the starting procession
people kneeling down on the street, during the passage of the holy sacrament
various long, medium and close shots of the numerous religious organizations which comprised the procession, all carrying their banners and crosses; among them were several colored groups, of which one old colored man is shown carrying a cross;
another Crucifix is shown in close up, camera panning with it against the backdrop of Sao Paulo's skyscrapers.
Final shot is a long shot of the Cathedral's square, "Praca de Se", where approximately 200.000 were gathering to see the final blessing, by Sao Paulo's Cardinal Archbishop.
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Background: Parading with numerous crucifixes, brilliantly coloured banners, statues and much pomp and devotion, the people of Sao Paulo celebrated Corpus Christi Day--June 5th. Prominantly Catholic by religion, the whole of Brazil staged similar devotions.
Highlight of the events were two parades, one during daylight and another at night. The daylight one started out from Sao Paulo Cathedral, 200,000 strong, supervised by the Cardinal Archbishop of the city, Don Carlos Carmello Vasconcellos Mota.
Over the sixteen separate groups, representing in the region of 100 religious associations together with innumerable Catholic schools and colleges, participate. Brilliant with colour the Sao Paulo background of skyscrapers and ultra-modern, American-type automobiles.
The torch-light procession on June 7th. was truly awe-inspiring, absolutely fabulous. Thousands of blazing torches bobbed along the main thoroughfares, their light throwing flickering shadows and illuminating the faces of the faithful. Centr-piece of this parade was a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, brought from France recently. Lourdes is close the hearts of most Brazilian Catholics and they seized this opportunity to honour Our Lady.
Among other events to commemorate Corpus Christi Day was an open-air concert given by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulus. The enthusiasm of the audience proved that Brazilians have liking for other music besides 'Samba'.