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      12 The Portugal News • 19 May 2018

      Soul in the Algarve carnival                                                            International Mini Meeting



      attracts masses to Alvor                                                                2018 being held in Portugal

                                                                                              The beaches of Mira and Vagueira are hosting the
                                                                                              The beaches of Mira and Vagueira are hosting the
                                                                                              The beaches of Mira and Vagueira are hosting the
                                                                                              The beaches of Mira and Vagueira are hosting the
                                                                                              The beaches of Mira and Vagueira are hosting the
                                                                                              International Mini Meeting (IMM) 2018 between
                                                                                              International Mini Meeting (IMM) 2018 between
                                                                                              International Mini Meeting (IMM) 2018 between
                                                                                              International Mini Meeting (IMM) 2018 between
                                                                                              International Mini Meeting (IMM) 2018 between
      The SITA (Soul in the Algarve) Carnival has established itself as an annual event that has
      The SITA (Soul in the Algarve) Carnival has established itself as an annual event that has
      The SITA (Soul in the Algarve) Carnival has established itself as an annual event that has
      The SITA (Soul in the Algarve) Carnival has established itself as an annual event that has
      The SITA (Soul in the Algarve) Carnival has established itself as an annual event that has
                                                                                              Thursday and Monday. This is the biggest Mini event in the
                                                                                              Thursday and Monday. This is the biggest Mini event in the
                                                                                              Thursday and Monday. This is the biggest Mini event in the
                                                                                              Thursday and Monday. This is the biggest Mini event in the
      become highly anticipated by both locals and local businesses alike in the small Algarve
      become highly anticipated by both locals and local businesses alike in the small Algarve
      become highly anticipated by both locals and local businesses alike in the small Algarve  Thursday and Monday. This is the biggest Mini event in the
      become highly anticipated by both locals and local businesses alike in the small Algarve
      become highly anticipated by both locals and local businesses alike in the small Algarve
                                                                                              world that attracts 1,000 cars and 2,500 participants.
                                                                                              world that attracts 1,000 cars and 2,500 participants.
                                                                                              world that attracts 1,000 cars and 2,500 participants.
                                                                                              world that attracts 1,000 cars and 2,500 participants.
      fishermen’s village of Alvor.
      fishermen’s village of Alvor.
      fishermen’s village of Alvor.
      fishermen’s village of Alvor.                                                           world that attracts 1,000 cars and 2,500 participants.
      fishermen’s village of Alvor.
                                                                                                The event dates back to    came out in 1950.
                                                                                              1970’s Germany and is always   This year Mira and Vagos were
                                                                                              held at different places for  chosen for the five-day event, the
                                                                                              owners and enthusiasts of the  first time it has been held in
                                                                                              British Motor Company that   Portugal.                                   TPN/Lusa
                                                                                              Monte Gordo flooded with Harley
                                                                                              Davidson mean machines
                                                                                              Hundreds of Harley Davidson enthusiasts flocked to Monte
                                                                                              Hundreds of Harley Davidson enthusiasts flocked to Monte
                                                                                              Hundreds of Harley Davidson enthusiasts flocked to Monte
                                                                                              Hundreds of Harley Davidson enthusiasts flocked to Monte
                                                                                              Hundreds of Harley Davidson enthusiasts flocked to Monte
                                                                                              Gordo this week, to take part in a biking event organised
                                                                                              Gordo this week, to take part in a biking event organised
                                                                                              Gordo this week, to take part in a biking event organised
                                                                                              Gordo this week, to take part in a biking event organised
                                                                                              Gordo this week, to take part in a biking event organised
                                                                                              by the 1st Algarve Free Chapter and Vila Real de Santo
                                                                                              by the 1st Algarve Free Chapter and Vila Real de Santo
                                                                                              by the 1st Algarve Free Chapter and Vila Real de Santo
                                                                                              by the 1st Algarve Free Chapter and Vila Real de Santo
                                                                                              by the 1st Algarve Free Chapter and Vila Real de Santo
                                                                                              António council.
                                                                                              António council.
                                                                                              António council.
                                                                                              António council.
                                                                                              António council.
                                                                                                The get-together brought   trip to the Algarve for the event,
                                                                                              around 450 bikers and 240    which started last Tuesday and
                                                                                              rumbling motorbikes to the   runs until next Monday, 21
                                                                                              Algarve, from 14 different   May.
                                                                                              countries, who are staying in  It is the 14th Free Chapter
                                                                                              Monte Gordo for a long       event in the Algarve, and the
                                                                                              weekend of bike rides        third time it is being based in
                                                                                              throughout the lower Guadiana,  Monte Gordo.
                                                                                              Algarve and Alentejo regions.  In a statement, the organisers
                                                                                                Harley Davidson aficionados  explained: “The Free Chapters
      The Soul in the Algarve carnival returned to the village of Alvor last Sunday, filling it with dance, music and
      The Soul in the Algarve carnival returned to the village of Alvor last Sunday, filling it with dance, music and
      The Soul in the Algarve carnival returned to the village of Alvor last Sunday, filling it with dance, music and
      The Soul in the Algarve carnival returned to the village of Alvor last Sunday, filling it with dance, music and  from countries including  aim to bring together Harley
      The Soul in the Algarve carnival returned to the village of Alvor last Sunday, filling it with dance, music and
      cheer. (Photo: Supplied)
      cheer. (Photo: Supplied)
      cheer. (Photo: Supplied)                                                                Portugal, Belgium,           Davidson owners, create
      cheer. (Photo: Supplied)
      cheer. (Photo: Supplied)
             he event is organised by  British events entrepreneur Vivy B,  The first SITA Carnival was held  Luxembourg, France, Hungary  friendship ties and organise
             tour operator Soul in the  who runs the Soul Network and  in May 2015 to celebrate 10  and Poland, as well as as far  events that will allow the
             Algarve, which every   Soul in the Algarve holidays.  years of bringing groups of  away as Brazil, Canada, South  discovery of the countries and
      TMay since 2005 has            Local businesswoman Kate    visitors to Alvor, and has become  Africa and Vietnam, made the  people where they are held.”
      brought several hundred soul  Fitzsimmons, who owns the    a firm favourite among locals.
      music lovers from the UK and  Sunset Alvor Bar, said: “It’s  “Since that day we have not  GNR clamping down on drink-drivers until
                                                                                              GNR clamping down on drink-drivers until
                                                                                              GNR clamping down on drink-drivers until
                                                                                              GNR clamping down on drink-drivers until
                                                                                              GNR clamping down on drink-drivers until
      beyond for a week of sun and fun  brilliant; it brings people in from  looked back and the SITA
      in the Algarve.               all over the Algarve, not just  carnival is now a hugely  end of month
                                                                                              end of month
                                                                                              end of month
                                                                                              end of month
                                                                                              end of month
      On Sunday 13 May, thousands of  locals, and now people know  celebrated annual event in the
      people again flocked to the   about it and know it’s on, some  beautiful fishing village of  The GNR police force is, from this week, stepping up its
                                                                                              The GNR police force is, from this week, stepping up its
                                                                                              The GNR police force is, from this week, stepping up its
                                                                                              The GNR police force is, from this week, stepping up its
                                                                                              The GNR police force is, from this week, stepping up its
      village to watch the carnival,  even plan their holidays to  Alvor”, says Vivy B, adding “We
                                                                                              presence on roads to clamp down on errant drivers.
                                                                                              presence on roads to clamp down on errant drivers.
                                                                                              presence on roads to clamp down on errant drivers.
                                                                                              presence on roads to clamp down on errant drivers.
      which fills the cobbled streets  coincide with it”.        dress up in colourful Carnival  presence on roads to clamp down on errant drivers.
      with colourful costumes and    She added the SITA carnival  costumes and parade. We put   Officers will be out in force on  remain in force from today until
      upbeat parades.               has come to unofficially mark  this event on to say thank you to  the country’s busiest roads to  28 May, and targets roads where
      The mega Mardi Gras-style     start of summer, “because it so  the people of Alvor for  inspect for drink-drivers and help  drink-driving offences and
      carnival parade is organised by  colourful and so much fun.”  welcoming us back each year.”  prevent accidents. The action will  accidents are most frequent.
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