About Us

Affiliate Organizations:
Portuguese Instructive Social Club
P.I.S.C. Nova Mocidade
Rancho Danças e Cantares de Portugal
Escola Amadeu Correira
Our Lady of Fatima Parish

Elizabeth Portuguese LIONS
​Elizabeth Youth Soccer

Portuguese American Govt. Ass. (PAGA)

Portuguese American Police Ass. (PAPA)

Portuguese  Sporting  Club

The Committee for 2024 is made up of the following:

Michelle Afonso

Vice Presidents:
Sergio Granados 

Manuela Matos

Carla Rodrigues Da Silva

Jennifer Ramalho

Nancy Dionisio

Jennifer DaSilva Costa
Maria Almeida

Public Relations:

Nicholas Almeida

Maria Z. Carvalho

Parade Coordinator:
Melissa Sintra Costa

Pageant Coordinator:
Jacqueline Esteves Castanheira

Golf Coordinator:
Manny Grova, Jr.


Cultural Exhibition Coordinator:

Isabel Bastos



Fr.  Nuno Rocha

Immediate Past President:
Jorge Da Costa

Rainha 2024:
Elsea Reynoso

Rei 2024:
Vincent Zeferino

Board Members:

Jubilo L. Afonso

​Fernando Albuquerque
Jose Carlos Brito
Joe Capitao

Michelle Caneira

Lauren Canelo

Tanya Canelo
Leonel Cardoso  

Jose Castanheira
Fernanda Correia

Jennifer Costa

Marie Costa

Nelson Costa
Fr. John Carlos DeSousa

Stephanie Vieira Domingues
Alex Henriques
Idalina Lopes

Jaime Lopes

James Lopes

 Stephanie Lopes

Jessica Lourenco

​Tiago Matos

Joaquim Panarra

Rogerio Pestana

​Stephanie Goncalves Pestana

Filipe Ramos
Tony Rodrigues

​Kalina Soares

Steve Soares

Maria Torres
Maria Zacarias

The Portuguese Day Parade in Elizabeth, New Jersey is the oldest running Portuguese Parade in the State of New Jersey. Since 1978, each sector of the Portuguese community; organizations, clubs, non-profits and religious institutions come together to commemorate our heritage of distinction. Portugal Day is a cultural revitalization of our community and a demonstration of its force and ambition.

The Portugal Day Committee is made up of one representative from each of the Portuguese organizations within the City of Elizabeth and the surrounding areas. Each organization has its own mission and progeny to maintain, however a collaborated ideology is created through the combined efforts of uniting a strong Portuguese Community.

The Elizabeth Portugal Day Committee strives to maintain the Portuguese-American cultural ideals and customs through a celebration of our cultural heritage. More specifically, Portuguese Americans, children and families together, partake in races, fishing competitions, soccer tournaments, golf tournaments, community exhibitions, pageants and the finale of participating in the grand parade which takes place every year on the first sunday in June.

Michelle Afonso

President 2024