Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza plans to visit Gustin this week with local officials, community members and dignitaries as part of his visit to the Golden State.
Rebelo de Souza is scheduled to appear at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Portuguese Hall of the Gustine Pentecostal Society, located at 500 3rd Ave., according to a Facebook post from the Consulate General of Portugal in San Francisco.
His visit to Gustine is one of several stops planned in California in the coming days. According to the Consulate General of Portugal, Rebelo de Souza plans to throw the first pitch at Tuesday’s San Francisco Giants/Colorado Rockies game as part of the Portuguese Heritage Night celebration.
He also plans to appear at Stanford University on Monday for a panel discussion titled “Sustainable Solutions for Portugal and California.”
Not surprisingly, Rebelo de Souza added Gustin, located on Merced County’s Westside, to his itinerary.
While tens of thousands of San Joaquin Valley residents trace their roots to Portugal and the Azores, Gustin is particularly rich in Portuguese traditions that continue to this day.
For example, thousands of people flock to the city every year to celebrate its annual festival, which has been going on since the 1930s.
Bloodless bull fights, religious services, colorful customs, dances and other events are the main things of the perennial holiday.
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