Portugal Day celebration will take place in Newark, NJ on June 6, 7 and 8. The Parade will be on Sunday, June 8, starting at 2 pm.
Portugal Day festivities, dedicated to celebrate the Portuguese people, started in May with an art exhibit, titled “A Telha”, sponsored by Casa do Ribatejo.
On Saturday, May 31, starting at 9 am, a cycling tour will take place and will pass by all the Portuguese clubs in the Ironbound. At 1 pm the Portuguese flag will be hoisted at the Newark City Hall.
On Tuesday, June 3, a mass will be celebrated at the Newark Cathedral, presided by D. Edgar da Cunha, Bishop Auxiliary at the Newark Archdiocese.
On Friday, June 6, at 5 pm, a reception will be held at the Newark Museum, sponsored by the Portuguese Consulate in Newark, to celebrate Portugal’s greatest poet Camões, and the Portuguese community.
At 6 pm the group Portuguese Star will perform, at 7 pm the folkloric festival will start with the following groups: Dança na Eira, Casa do Ribatejo, both from Newark, Portugal de Norte a Sul of PACA, from Union, and Danças e Cantares de Portugal, from Elizabeth, and at 10 pm singer Nucha, from Portugal, will also perform.
On Saturday, June 7, at 3:30 pm there will be music by performers Monica Paula, Pepita Cardinali and Eduardo Marques. At 5 pm the band Duo Pink & Blue will perform, followed by the performance of Cape Verdean band “Cabo Verde C.V. Roots”, at 6 pm.
At 7 pm there will be Portuguese Traditional Music by Fatima Santos, accompanied by José Luís Iglésias and Meliset Abreu, and at 7:30 pm folkloric festival with the following groups: Rancho Eira, Barcuense, Casa do Minho, Camponeses do Minho, all from Newark, and Recordações de Portugal, from South River.
At 10 pm there will a concert by Banda-Red.
On Sunday, June 8, the day will be full of activities, as follows:
9 am – Running races on Ferry Street
1 pm – Concentration of dignitaries and guests at Peter Francisco Park
2 pm – Parade begins
5 pm – Show with Sandro G
6 pm – Folkloric festival with Casa dos Arcos, Pescadores, both from Newark, and Sonhos de Portugal, from Kearny.
7:30 pm – Show at NJPAC with Portuguese singer Gisela João.
8 pm – Singers Nucha and José Figueiras will perform.
9:30 pm – Closing of the ceremonies with a fado session by Corina, Diana Mendes, Emília Silva, Fátima Porem Dias and Fátima Santos, Jorge Quaresma, Lauren Guerra, Manuel Ronato, and David Couto, accompanied by José Luís Iglésias, Meliset Abreu and Andrew Guerra.