Thousands follow Nossa Senhora da Piedade statue

Rain did not prevent many thousands of people from going to Loulé to follow the Mãe Soberana procession on April 18.

Followers participated in the walk to take the statue of city saint Nossa Senhora da Piedade, Our Lady of Mercy, to the saints’ sanctuary, considered the largest religious event in the Algarve.

After an outdoor mass near the Duarte Pacheco monument, the statue was carried by eight men through the streets before they climbed the steep ramp leading to the altar of the Mãe Soberana.

This procession ended two weeks of Mãe Soberana festivities in Loulé, which started on April 2 when the statue was moved to the city from the sanctuary.

The festivities date from the sixteenth century and are rooted in the local community.