Granddaughter of Africans, Maria de Lourdes Silva, known as Badia, was born in Recife on April 9, 1915
The Carnival banner is a decoratively designed and embroidered flag, normally of rectangular cloth, suspended from a horizontal crossbar called a ‘travessa’ and a vertical pole called a ‘varão’, representing allegories and symbols of the associations.
The origins of this maracatu are still not completely known. Some researchers are unanimous in saying it derives from a mixture of Afro-Indigenous cultures. Others believe it is a result of popular manifestations – cambinadas, bumba-meu-boi, cavalo-marinho, coroação dos reis negros, caboclinhos...
Maria Júlia do Nascimento, or Dona Santa, the most famous queen of Recife maracatus, was born on 25 March 1877, in pátio de Santa Cruz, Recife, Pernambuco.
José Eudes Chagas, known as the King of Maracatu, was born in the city of Olinda, Pernambuco, in 1921. He moved to Recife when he was still a child, and he went to live in the beginning of Água Fria neighborhood and afterwards in the neighborhood of Pina.