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The Boston Portuguese Festival will celebrate a traditional and cultural program on the Sunday, June 23. Starting at 1.30 p.m., everyone is invited to join in the Day of Portugal Parade.

During the Parade, people can enjoy the variety of colorful floats and bands, as well as see different groups from Massachusetts’s Portuguese communities. Typical Portuguese delicacies and regional products will be available for sale at different booths. 

The meeting point for the Day of Portugal Parade is at Portuguese Square (Concord Av.), in Somerville, and it will finish at St. Anthony’s Church (Cambridge St. with Cardinal Medeiros Av.). After the Parade, the Luso-American singer Nélia will be performing at St Anthony’s Churchyard at a traditional Portuguese block party.

The Boston Portuguese Festival’s goal is to disseminate the Portuguese culture and heritage not only to the Portuguese-American community, but also to the American community in general. The Day of Portugal Parade is an opportunity to people to learn more about Portugal and some of the oldest Portuguese traditions.

The Azores, in Portugal, are the closest point in Europe to North America and SATA Airlines, one of the official sponsors, has direct flights from Boston to the islands. These nine islands created by volcanic activity millions of years ago, which have created a stunning and dramatic environment. SATA Airlines has connected New England with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 30 years.

The National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations recently named the Azores islands as the world’s second most appealing islands destination in its fourth annual Destination Scorecard survey. A panel of 522 experts reviewed conditions on 111 islands and archipelagos. The Azores received the title of “Authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so. For more information about booking flights or about SATA visit http://www.sata.pt or call 800-762-9995.

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