Bombos de S. Nicolau, de Pardieiros

I’d heard there was a festa today in a village near us, the sun was shining and it was hot, I’d heard it was a bean festival but it was also Implantação da República a celebration of the proclamation of the Portuguese First Republic in 1910. I only know this because I went to the bank this morning and it was shut. So, after we had hauled a tonne of oak off of someone else’s land (a favour) and Rick had wrenched his back, we popped up to see what was going on. It turns out it wasn’t a bean festival or a republican celebration, it was the anniversary of the local Bombo band. Lots of friends and friends kids are in this band, they are very loud and even louder when there is more than one band.

Here’s a delightful video sample for your ears and some charming pics to go with it all.

sorry can’t get video on here at the moment, will try again tomorrow

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