Portugal Day Festival in Newark
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Portugal Day Festival in Newark
Portugal Day Festival
Genre Cultural
Dates 1st or 2nd Weekend in June, Portugal Day
Location(s) United States Ferry Street in Newark, New Jersey
Years active 37
Founded 1979
Patron(s) Luís de Camões
2011 Events

The Portugal Day Festival in Newark, New Jersey is a street festival celebrating the Portuguese people, language, and their culture. First organized in 1979 by the Bernardino Coutinho Foundation, since 2010 the Festival has been organized by the Union of Portuguese American Clubs of New Jersey (União de Clubes Luso-Americanos de New Jersey), or UCLANJ.[1][2] Although various events occur the week prior, the actual street festival typically takes place on the weekend closest to June 10, the official Portugal Day.

Facts About Portugal: The cultural festival takes months of planning. Plans include inviting guests to be Grand Marshal, Honorary Grand Marshal, or any of the prized people in attendance over the Portugal Day weekend. There are also many events prior to the big weekend, such as the Friendship Night Gala, that bring out the Portuguese community.

Television broadcast

The festivities are often telecast, live or recorded, to stations not only in New Jersey, but also in Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa and South America.


On the Sunday of that weekend, there is a parade with many floats representing various organizations from throughout the state, both Portuguese and non-Portuguese. Every year there is a Honorary Grand Marshal, a Grand Marshal, as well as many other prized personalities.

Year Honorary Grand Marshal Grand Marshal Prestigious Award Man of the Year Woman of the Year Artist of the Year Athlete of the Year Medal of Honor Fado Singer of the Year
2009 Jon S. Corzine José Luís Pereira Carneiro Louis LaSalle José Paulino Conde Teixeira Olga Gonçalves Rodrigues Mena Leandro José Rebimbas Manuel Grova
João Machado
Luciana Abreu
Emília Silva
2008 António Matinho Fátima Campos Ferreira - Mário Santos Ana Gonçalves Maria Conceição Simões Silva Carlos Rasoilo Jorge Lacão -
2007 Cory A. Booker João de Vallera - José Casimiro Maria Manuela Cardielos Manuel Joaquim da Silva Tony Nogueira Luís Filipe Menezes
Joseph Vas
Jack Martins
2006 Dr. Zachary Yamba Pedro J. Belo - Tony Gomes Linda Maria Rodrigues Cora D' Abreu José Manuel Gonçalves Luís Pires
Fransisco Carlos Azevedo
2005 Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. Francisco Knopfli - Joaquim (Jack)Casmiro Manuela da Luz Chaplin Fernando Araújo Carlos Martins José Rendeiro
João Alberto Gouveia
2004 Dina Matos Dr. Pedro Catarino - José Rebimbas Domitília M. dos Santos Jorge Quaresma João M. Soares Jack Maia -
2003 Eduardo Cruz Dr. José de Almeida Cesário - Manuel Nata Céu Cirne-Neves Zeca Santos Jorge Oliveira Tony Nobre -
2002 Jim McGreevey Dr. Manuela Aguiar - José Martins Beatriz Santos Fátima Molina Francisco L. Barra Abreu Dina Matos
Inês Simões
2001 Augusto Amador Dr. Ferro Rodrigues - Vitor Alves Isabel Costa - José Manso Alberto G. Santos
Father Peter Uhde
2000 James Treffinger Dr. Fernando Nobre - Jorge Ventura Maria João Ávila - Manuel Parente Assistência Médica Internacional -
1999 Bob Menendez Dr. José Gama - António Novo Odete Cardoso - Francisco Marcos Dr. Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Dr. Durão Barroso
1998 António Seabra Amália Rodrigues - José Luís Pereira Almeida Glória de Melo - Carlos Pais Father José Manuel R. Fernandes
Dr. Maria José Rita
1997 Henry Martinez José Ramos Horta - Alfredo Rendeiro Emestina Cascaes - Edmundo Moraes Dr. Ramos Horta
Dr. José Gama
1996 Kenneth A. Gibson Avelino Ferreira Torres - Domingos Cravo Maria Amélia Costa - Carlos Rocha José Martins -
1995 Christine Todd Whitman Luís Sousa Macedo - Agostinho Barbosa Maria Fernanda A. Morais - - Avelino Ferreira Torres -
1994 - João Antão - - - - - - -
1993 - Jim Flório - - - - - - -
1992 - Armando Fontoura - - - - - - -
1991 - Rui V. Lourenço - - - - - - -
1990 - Jorge Cardielos - - - - - - -
1989 - Sharpe James - - - - - - -


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Coordinates: 40°43?46?N 74°09?34?W / 40.72955°N 74.15943°W / 40.72955; -74.15943

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