When Toronto's Portuguese celebrate Portuguese Week, they let loose for two months with 20 events. They've got something for everyone: sports tournaments, musicians from Portugal, and official proclamations at Toronto City Hall and Queen's Park. Look for picnics, folklore festivals, gala dinners, and the inauguration of Camões Square. There might even be Portuguese style fighting bulls in town. Luís Vaz de Camões was Portugal's greatest poet and his birthday is Portugal's main holiday.
The biggest downtown event is the Portuguese Day Parade on Sunday, June 9 from 11-1pm. It starts from College and Lansdowne, goes along Dundas Street West, and then ends at Trinity-Bellwoods Park. This has been one of our most colourful parades with floats, bands, war veterans, schools, fish mongers, Canada's first post man, musicians, dancers, and costumes from Portugal's different provinces. The variety of costumes is amazing.
Last year's parade took place in the rain but spirits were high. I took a lot of pictures.
Our thanks to the Portuguese Consulate, Anabela de Castro, and Vasco M. C. Evaristo of Voice Portuguese Canadian Newspaper for sending us information. For details, click on: http://www.portuguesealliance.com/portugal-week/ . We'll try to get some of the events into www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com .