MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as President of the 2019 celebration of Day of Portugal in Rhode Island. For over 40 years, RI Day of Portugal has brought the Portuguese-American community together to celebrate and foster the rich Portuguese history, language and culture here in the beautiful state of Rhode Island.
Portuguese roots in Rhode Island and New England date back centuries. Our ancestors paved the way and assisted in the creation of this great nation. Today, our mission continues to be one of unity, sharing our culture, and strengthening ties between Portugal and the Portuguese-American community.
The 2019 organizing committee is excited and looking forward to another fun, successful and memorable calendar of events. Our main event is the Portuguese Heritage Festival, “Dia de Portugal” which will take place on June 7, 8, 9 and 10. The weekend’s celebration begins on the 7th with the Day of Portugal opening ceremony at the Rhode Island State House. On the 8th, the Portuguese Heritage Festival (arraial) opens at the Alex and Ani City Center with live entertainment, dance and food. On June 9 th, the official Day of Portugal will commence with the traditional parade representing Portuguese clubs, schools and groups from across the state, stepping off from the RI State House and ending at the Alex and Ani Center, where the festival will continue with more live entertainment, food, and fun for the whole family. Spectacular torch procession is scheduled to take place at sunset to highlight the festivities.
We are a proud community with values rooted in our cultural traditions, family, and hard work. I believe the Portuguese-American community has prospered because of our hard work and pride in our heritage. We are respected and appreciated for the values and culture we bear.
I humbly ask the help of all clubs, associations and organizations as we work together as volunteers to make this 42nd celebration of Day of Portugal in Rhode Island our very best yet. Together we can promote “Portuguese history, language and culture” by raising the Portuguese “torch” high and keeping it lit for future generations.