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St. John's Festival in Pelourinho

The square in front of St. Francis Church and Convent, in Pelourinho, decorated for St. John's Festival 2013.

Rita Barreto - Bahiatursa

June 20, 2013

A folk celebration of St. Anthony, St. John and St. Peter, Festas Juninas take place in different styles all over Brazil, but Bahia tops the festivities with events in all of the state's 417 towns.

Known as São João da Bahia, the festival has its apex in the historical Pelourinho district in Salvador, with square dancing, shows, games and regional culinary, including acarajé.

In 2013, São João do Pelô, as the event is known, will again feature some of the best forrozeiros, or forró artists, in Brazil as part of the São João da Bahia Project organized by the state's government through the Tourism Secretariat and Bahiatursa, the official state tourism company.

Gilberto Gil, Adelmário Coelho, Alceu Valença, and Volante do Sargento Bezerra are some of the confirmed headliners in the festival. This year, since the festival is held during FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, Nigeria vs. Uruguay will be shown live from Arena Fonte Nova on a big screen in Pelourinho. Bands will play on the main stage in Terreiro de Jesus before and after the match.

St. John's Festival is one of the most successful new tourism initiatives in Bahia, widely known for its Salvador Carnival.

Forró Bus:

Tourists visiting Salvador from June 20 to June 30, 2013 can go to the festivities in Pelourinho for free on the Salvador Bahia Bus - which, for the duration of the St. John's Festival, is turned into the "Forró Bus", live music performed by a forró trio (accordion, drum and triangle) and typical food and drink served along the ride (read more on the Salvador Bus website).

Three buses will take tourists from the city's main hotels to pelourinho. Two of them will service hotels in Centro, departing from Jornal A Tarde at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. One bus will depart from Hotel Stella Maris resort at 7 p.m. and stop at the main hotels in the Stella Maris, Itapuã and Patamares districts. The return will be at midnight, from a stop in front of Museu da Misericórdia, in the Historic Center.

The hotels on the bus routes are:

America Towers, Mercure Boulevar, Intercity Premium, Matiz, Sotero Hotel, Pisa Plaza, Tulip Inn, Centro Convenções, San Marco, Sol Plaza, Oceânico Armação, Bahia Mar, Alah Mar, Bahia Suites, Flat Jardim de Alah, Atlântico, Cesar Business, Pituba Plaza, Absolute, Golden Park, Nacional INN, Hotel Verdemar, Hotel Vilamar, Bahia Park Hotel, Golden Tulip, Pestana, Mercure, Ibis, Pedra da Concha, Catarina Paraguassu, Mar Hotel, Oceânico Ondina, Bahia Sol e Mar Hotel, Ondina Apart, Othon, Porto Bello, Atlantic Tower, Vila Galé, Che Lagarto, Monte Pascoal, Barra Flat, Marazul, Porto Salvador Hotel, Hotel Barra Turismo, Grande Hotel Barra, Sol Barra, Sol Vitória Marina, Bahia do Sol, Vila Velha, Sheraton da Bahia Hotel, Stella Maris Resort, Hotel Lesuri Beach, Catussaba Business, Catussaba Resort, Vila da Praia, Deville Hotel, Mar Brasil Hotel, Pousada Alvorada, Pousada Solar, Pousada Julieta e Romeu, Pousada Poesia, Hotel Planeta, Itapuan, Hotel Praia da Sereia, Hotel Praia Dourada, Hotel Jaguaribe, Hotel Cocoon, Hotel Sol Bahia, Hotel Cores do Mar and Hotel Patamares.

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