Preparations are ongoing in earnest for Oporto’s traditional São João celebrations, which start on 30 May and stretch out over a month.
From cars to theatre and sport, dancing and festivities, there promises to be entertainment for all tastes and ages.
São João 2013 was officially presented last week and while there were not many new introductions to speak of, organisers expect the “self-sustainable” event to attract as many people as it did last year, which were in excess of 500,000.
Vladimiro Feliz, deputy-mayor of Oporto Council, said during the official presentation that this year’s celebration boasts “an integrated agenda to avoid competing events.”
In times of crisis, the executive explained that the council has managed “to do more with less”, and the budget was kept at €165,000.
“It is completely self-sustainable. It even gives a profit, which is then invested in other events”, Feliz said.
This year the peak of São João is on the afternoon of 23 June with folk dancing throughout the Baixa.
When night falls the celebrations will spread across the city with other traditional dance gatherings and sardine barbeques.
At midnight a firework display, organised by the councils of Oporto and Gaia, will light up the sky, flood the Douro with colour and mark the highpoint of the month-long party, which lasts until 30 June.
For more information or to see the full agenda of events, see: www.portolazer.pt