Antony is the patron saint of Lisbon, a beloved patron saint.
This Antony is also the one from Padua, and the Italians claim him as one of their saints. France could also claim it: Antoine spent many years of his life there, in the south.
Antoine was born in 1175…in Lisbon. From this we are sure. He studied in Lisbon with the Augustinians and then in Coimbra and became a Franciscan.
Brilliant, erudite, excellent speaker… Antoine became father of the church, before being canonized.
He died at the age of 36, but during his short life Antoine performed many miracles.
Among its great faculties, that of allowing beautiful marriages. And at the time of its celebration, on June 13th, the Lisbon City Hall organizes the weddings of St. Anthony’s Day. Several dozen couples are cared for by the town hall, and they are entitled to marriage in Santa Maria Maior Cathedral.
Procession of Saint Anthony.
Very lively, very followed….. It takes place on the morning of June 13, the day of the feast of the Saint. It is not very old, it dates from the 16th century. The procession starts from the church of Saint Antoine, as it should be, at 5pm.
This is the highlight of the June festivities.
Every year, the neighbourhoods march along Avenue de la liberté, and stop in front of the mayor’s gallery to whom they give small gifts.
The marches are staged on a theme imposed on all the districts, complemented by original interpretations.
The parade is carried out by the residents of the neighbourhoods, preceded by the previous weekend’s competition at the Parc des Nations. The costumes, the set, the decorated hoops, the script, the music and even the godparents – a couple of more or less famous stars – are examined in detail.
The competition is intense. Walkers dream of being first.