Friday, August 26, 2022

Little Portugal Toronto Barcelos Rooster

A nine foot rooster sits in Lakeview Avenue Parkette, unveiled in 2021, by a contingent of VIPs including Mayor John Tory and the Consul General of Portugal José Manuel Carneiro Mendes to present the Barcelos Rooster.

From the webpage of the Little Portugal BIA, "Local artist, Julia Prajza explained that her winning design for the permanent 9’ statue was based on the themes of new beginnings, hope and optimism. The Rooster truly does honour the rich culture of the Portuguese people, and in Julia’s words, she skillfully “….created this modern-meets-traditional design.“ We invite everyone to stop by, take a selfie and post, and spread the word about our very own Rooster of Barcelos."

It turns out that the rooster is based on an old Portuguese folk tale where a dead rooster saves an innocent man's life. So it is a feel good story for Toronto.

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