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Elizabeth’s Portuguese Community Celebrates Their Heritage at the Annual Parade

Grand Marshal Martinho Pereira and wife, Maria, pose with daughter Diane Barbosa, who is a Board of Education Commissioner, and their grandchildren. Credits: Fran Sullivan
Senator Robert Menendez greets the crowd. Credits: Fran Sullivan
Jennifer Costa, director of the Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization, was the mistress of ceremonies for the event. Credits: Fran Sullivan
Elizabeth Councilman Nelson Gonzalez Credits: Fran Sullivan
Councilman Frank Mazza Credits: Fran Sullivan

ELIZABETH, NJ – Overcast skies couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the Portuguese community in Elizabeth who came out to cheer the Annual Portugal Day Parade, June 4.

Hundreds of flag-waving onlookers lined the parade route up Elizabeth Avenue to Broad Street, eventually reaching the Portuguese Instructive Social Club at Grove Street and Route 1 & 9. They watched groups of dancers in colorful, native costumes, marching bands, and a large representation of community groups.

This year’s Grand Marshal was Martinho Pereira, well-known in the city as the owner of Valenca Restaurant. He was joined on the dais by the Portuguese Counsel Dr. Pedro Soales de Oliveira.


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