ABSTRACT In line with the New Cultural History, most updated part of the École des Annales, headed by Roger Chartier and Michel de Certeau, this paper aims: to inventory and analyze the popular parties in São Paulo city in historical perspective, from the Colonial period to the First Republic; to inventory the traditional popular parties that still exist in São Paulo city, in which urban contexts and conditions; to discuss their construction as "Intangible Cultural Heritage", being the object of specific legislation that follows the guidelines of UNESCO, especially the recommendations of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is noteworthy that in Brazil, the Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) deals with recording and safeguarding of tangible and intangible heritage and, in regard to parties, has been seeking to establish an inventory methodology, based in typologies and criteria for analysis to justify the representativeness of certain parties over time to guide his record as local, regional or even national intangible heritage. The idea is to raise the primary documentation relating to parties representing the history of the city of São Paulo, to analyze the persistence of some of them in time and to discuss parameters for its construction as intangible heritage. Keywords: Urban space; Parties, History of the city of São Paulo; Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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