Apung Iru Fluvial Festival
River Boat Festival by Jose W. Hernandez, 1989
Celebrated every June 27-29 of every year, the feast of St. Peter is observed with a fluvial parade with gaily decorated motorboats and colorful bancas roving up and down the Pampanga River. The image of St. Peter, called Apung Iru by the locals, is carried through town to the river, where a lavish decorated pagoda mounted on a barge awaits. The image is placed on the pagoda and devotees dance and pray before it. The 3-day celebration honoring Apung Iru starts on June 27 and culminates on June 29 when the image is brought back to its shrine at Capalanagan.