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PORTUGAL:
-Carnaval.com Portugal Pages
-Portugal Guide
-Places to Stay
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Trade, Conventions & Official Contacts
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History of Portugal
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Airports, Trains, & Getting Around
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Fast Facts Including Visa, $ & Tips
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Weather
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Lisbon City Guide
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Madeira Islands
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Feasts & National Holidays
OVAR:
-Ovar City Guide
-Jornal de Ovar, FECC Convention 2003 Articles
-FECC General Assembly Agenda, June 2003
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Feasts, Fairs & Pilgrimages
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Attractions
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Beaches (Praia) of Ovar
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Places to Stay
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Links
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Ovar Map at viajar.clix.pt
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Ovar Official City Map w/Landmarks
AVEIRO:
-Aveiro City Guide
-Aveiro Map at virtualtourist.com
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Aveiro at viajar.clix.pt
MAPS:
-Location Finder at portugal-info.net
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Maps of Portugal
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Train Stations Between Porto & Aveiro
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Mealhada at viajar.clix.pt
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Santa Maria da Feira at viajar.clix.pt
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Espinho at viajar.clix.pt
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Districts in State of Aveiro
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Maps for Rota da Luz

 


JOB WELL DONE

FECC International President Hank van der Kroon congratulates Ovar Carnaval Foundation's Dr. David Brandao for the excellent work in organizing over twenty speakers and several panels at Europarque: the International Congress and Exhibition Centre in nearby Santa Maria da Feira. David is also an internationaly known plastic surgeon and expected candidate for the International Board at elections to be held at the 2004 Congress in Bulgaria.
 

The 23rd FECC Convention has been hailed as a great success. This annual congress was the organization's first trip to Portugal and for most participants their first trip ever to the country which figures so prominently in world history as the catalyst which opened the doors to multi-cultural exchanges through scientific breakthroughs in ocean navigation and the valor of its people as explorers of the unknown. Our host City, OVAR, is a small town with a Carnaval known throughout the country for its robust creativity and dedicated youthful spirit. Ovar is just south of the great city of Porto (Oporto) where many believe European civilization began at the foot of the Douro river and is today claiming its place as a must see destination for any seasoned European traveler.
The pre-Lenten Ovar Carnaval parade borrows freely from festival arts everywhere to put on four shows each year which lifts the parade art form to new levels. Disciplined yet wild, with a vibrant youthful spirit quick to borrow yet informed by deep traditions. The Ovar Carnaval Foundation Board and the visionary Ovar Mayor Armando Franša,  (President of City Hall)  now wish to put Ovar Carnaval on the international map.
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All potential Queens hope to be paired with the charming talented singer musician Manuel Russo  who is Ovar Carnaval's best known personality

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OVAR CARNAVAL COUNTDOWN:
Carnaval season begins 3 weeks before Carnaval Tuesday on Sunday afternoon when the King and Queen arrive. The King and Queen have been chosen as a couple by a jury of groups. The Kids parade the Sunday before Carnaval is the only free parade and features the smaller versions of many spectacular handmade costumes from the adult groups. As one of Europe's most Catholic countries this is truly a pre-Lenten Carnival

 


  4 DAYS OF CARNAVAL 

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Marados promises yet another spectacular innovation in 2004 following their spectacular victory in 2003 starring a crowd teasing teeter totter and the extraordinary 2002 mad max roller (reviravolta)
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Samba Parade is Carnaval Saturday night and usually starts at 9PM. Carnaval Sunday features the Grand Parade during the day. For those who love the spirit of Carnaval but not parades, the best time is Carnaval Monday when the City is shutdown to Cars and everyone comes out for a good time in costume. There's stages and a costume contest and its time to greet old friends and make new ones. Carnaval Tuesday features the 4th and last moments to let loose with the Carnaval before Lent which is taken very seriously in Ovar and features many processions as well.

There are 3 types of Ovar Carnaval groups:
Samba schools:
with wings of dancers, floats and percussion baterias all advancing the theme or story in the well known Brazilian tradition which never fails to excite.
Passarele: Fantastic costumes and well rehearsed choreography combine with familiar recorded songs can result in the crowd singing along as well as cheering the large productions who also have clever self-made floats.
Carnavelescos: Favor crowd interaction, wonder and laughter. Here parade aficionados can discover sights never seen anywhere else. Ovar uses competition to spur higher levels of the arts and the competition here is the keenest. Still the talent is determined to top itself each year. where much of Ovar's greatest talent has settled in. The music is often very original

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