07/17/2012 11:44 am ET | Updated Sep 16, 2012

Lisbon's Santo Antonio Festival Marks The Eruption Of Summer

White lights and blue streamers hang across narrow, serpentine streets in Alfama, the old quarter of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.

Couples dance on cobblestone to Fado music. People empty pitchers of red sangria and drink sour cherry liqueur out of edible chocolate shot glasses. Sardines blacken over charcoal, waiting to be enveloped in bread and devoured by the Portuguese who love the salty taste. Dancers in pink parade down Avenida da Liberdade.

This is the Santo Antonio Festival, held every year on the eve of June 13. The first of several saints days celebrated in Portugal, it marks the beginning of the city's many summer festivities.

The Santo Antonio Festival