Festa de NS do Rosário

Cultural in Serro & Around

In early July, Serro hosts one of Minas’ oldest festivals, the Festa de NS do Rosário, dating back to 1728. Townspeople representing Brazil’s three main cultural traditions parade through the streets in colorful attire: caboclos (the descendants of indigenous peoples and Portuguese) beat out rhythms on bows and arrows, holding mock confrontations with sword- and guitar-wielding marujos (Europeans), while catopês (Africans) speak in ancient dialect and beat on instruments symbolizing empty plates.