ON TWITTER: Day of Portugal in Providence

By On June 11, 2018

ON TWITTER: Day of Portugal in Providence

Sunday

Jun 10, 2018 at 3:02 PM Jun 10, 2018 at 7:12 PM

Journal reporter Kevin Andrade will be tweeting from the Day of Portugal in Providence. Check back here to see the latest posts and later for a story from the event, which will include a talk from Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. Performances will be at Waterplace Park at 6 and there will be a special WaterFire in the basin Sunday night.

In the late afternoon, a group of women are gathered â€" mixing lemon juice with dough before putting them in a deep fryer, then sprinkling sugar on top and serving them â€" in their sweet golden glory â€" to festivalgoers.

One thing though â€" do not tell anyone here that they are "doughboys," nor are they "fried dough."

"It's not fried dough!" said Michael Fitta, a Portuguese-American who came to Provide nce from Lowell, Massachusetts, for the occasion. "It's a malassada!"

Those tastes along with the smells of grilled sardines and the sounds of local community bands from the Portuguese community fill the air at the Alex and Ani Center Sunday evening to celebrate the Day of Portugal, Camões and Portuguese Communities.

The event, organized by the Rhode Island Day of Portugal Committee and held in conjunction with PVDFest this year, commemorates the national day of Portuga on the anniversary of Portugal's most esteemed poet Luís Vaz de Camões who wrote the nationas national epic Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads).

"The food here is amazing," said Dave Leal, a Portuguese-American from Norwood, Massachusetts, whose family is from Terceira. "It's also pretty cool that the president is coming."

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister António Costa will also be at the event and are scheduled to speak at the Alex and Ani Center at 9 p.m.

"It's not every day this happens," said Fitta, whose family is from São Miguel, Azores. "It's a great honor for Providence really."

Tweets by Kevprojo

Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal

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