The Red Bull Scare

Posted by len on September 18th, 2007

Avante poster
The other day we went to a yearly local festival that a friend had mentioned was a lot of fun, with music, food, etc.
Just south of Lisbon we jumped a cheap train and found free transportation to the water-side fairgrounds.
The only hitch was: it was a Communist Party party!
That which has been become taboo in the United States is alive and well throughout a good part of Europe (Portugal especially, it seems).
The festival was nice. Great park and some interesting things to see, as you will, I’m sure, agree, after visiting our little photo tour here:

Communist Festival Photo Tour

Incidentally, I haven’t really seen Red Bull around Portugal. But it’s a cute play on “Red Scare” isn’t it? Eh? Uh?
Oh, yeah, wanna read more about the Portuguese Communist Party? PCP

19 Responses to “The Red Bull Scare”

  1. stacy Says:

    we just returned from France; one of the hotels we stayed at in Arles (in Provence) was adjacent to the Communist Party headquarters. They had a huge sign on the window advertising it–weird.

  2. Heather Says:

    Did you shower after to wash off the socialism? It’s catchy, you know.

  3. len Says:

    Cool, France!

  4. sue Says:

    It’s interesting how in the U.S., Communism has a sinister, underground kind of aura about it, but how this festival that we went to was just so, well, normal. There were high school bands and little drum corps of teenagers all in red shirts, contributing to the entertainment, along with bigger stages with political speeches and bigger-name bands in the evening.

    It made me imagine my days in high school band, and what it would have been if an event like this was on the normal roster of appearances: homecoming football game, Memorial Day parade, Communist party festival…

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