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Brazilian festival coming this weekend in Framingham

Posted by John Swinconeck  June 13, 2013 02:37 PM

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Brazilian communities across the world will be celebrating traditional June festivals, or Festa Junina, and Framingham’s Brazilian population will be no exception.

A festival will be held Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at St. Tarcisius Parish and the adjacent Brazilian-American Center on Waverly Street in Framingham. Rain date will be Sunday at noon.

The festival will showcase traditional food and beverages, as well as live music.
Parking is expected to fill up quickly. A shuttle bus will be provided, and participants are encouraged to use the following lots:
Barberi Elementary School, 100 Dudley Rd.;
Loring Arena, 165 Fountain St.;
Sewfisticated Discount Fabrics, 136 Howard St.;
TD Bank, 15 Park St.;

Organizers are asking participants not to park at the Columbus Club or Walgreens.

About 4,500 participated in last year’s celebration, according to festival organizers, and more are expected this year.

The celebration marks the birth of John the Baptist and is a celebration of rural life, and participants often dress as farm hands. According to organizers, the Festa Junina came to Brazil during its colonial period by the Portuguese, but the celebration also has French roots.

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