“Menino Parque Mayer” is the title of the winning composition

Great March of Lisbon 2023

From a total of 22 applications received in this edition of the Grande Marcha de Lisboa, the theme with lyrics and music by Carlos Leitão was chosen by the jury, composed this year by the conductor, musician, and composer Carlos Alberto Moniz (on behalf of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores), by the singer-songwriter Luísa Sobral and by the composer and artistic director Jorge Salgueiro.

Parque Mayer (which last year celebrated its 100th anniversary) served as the motto for the 2023 edition of the Great Marche competition, which was evaluated by the jury in three categories: Appreciation of the music, Appreciation of the lyrics, and Appreciation in general.

Born in Lisbon, Carlos Leitão left journalism in 2010 to dedicate himself exclusively to music, becoming part of the fixed cast of Clube de Fado, in Lisbon, until today. He starts singing and playing the classical guitar at a very early age, having won, at the age of 10, the “Grande Noite do Fado”, in the youth category. Over time he has shared the stage with names like Cristina Branco, Custódio Castelo, Marco Rodrigues, Mário Pacheco, Cuca Roseta, and Jorge Fernando, among many others.

The Grande Marcha de Lisboa contest is a joint initiative of the Lisbon City Council and EGEAC – Empresa de Gestão de Equipamentos e Animação Cultural, annually distinguishing the literary and musical originality of the authors of the winning composition with a prize worth €5,500 ( five thousand five hundred euros).

The Great March 2023 will be presented and interpreted by all participants of the Popular Marches of Lisbon, in June, within the framework of the city’s Festivities in the Avenida da Liberdade parade, on the night of Santo António, as well as in the previous exhibitions.

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