A competition to choose the lyrics and melody of the Grande Marcha de Lisboa 2017 (Big Lisbon Parade 2017, in a free translation to English) is undergoing until February 22. The event is promoted by EGEAC, Lisbon’s municipal company in charge of promoting cultural animation.

“For many decades the song you hear over the city during the popular saints party is the result of a competition that brings authors and composers to create, year after year, the melody and lyrics of the Grande Marcha de Lisboa,” the organisers say in their official website. This year, the lyrics should contain the themes Lisbon, Atlantic and sea of encounters.

Along with an award of 5.500 euros, the winning composition will be played by all the participants in the three shows taking place in Meo Arena and in the popular saints parade, on June 12, at Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon.