NEW BEDFORD — Dozens of children and adults gathered Monday at the Taunton Public Library on Monday to celebrate the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities.
The free event featured a Portuguese/English story time followed by traditional folk dancing. It was organized by the Taunton Day of Portugal Committee and the Children’s Department of the Taunton Public Library.
The evening began with guest reader Shelley Pires, the Consul of Portugal inNew Bedford, reading an excerpt of “A Children’s History of Portugal“ in Portuguese accompanied by Hank Mello, who read in English. It was followed by Taunton High School students Brett Chaves and Kayla Botelho reading two children’s classics “Brown bear, Brown bear” and “Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” in Portuguese and English.
The event ended with a performance by the musicians and dancers of Grupo Folclórico da Cidade deTaunton, and after a few songs they invited the audience to join in.
This year’s celebration of the Day of Portugal in the city of Taunton also included a Portuguese flag raising ceremony on June 5 at the Old Colony History Museum. After the ceremony, more than 100 people — among them several members of the Association of Veterans of the Portuguese Armed Forces — marched down Main Street to the Trescott Street Gallery for the graduation ceremony of Taunton’s Portuguese School and the opening of the photo exhibit “Portuguese Life.
“The veterans loved nothing more than to see these young children carrying on their tradition. To see the children and the veterans side by side, that’s why I do this,” said Taunton Day of Portugal Committee Chairperson Suzanne Caramelo.
With reporting by Taunton Gazette