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Financed by sponsors and TV rights, broadcast live on television, couples who would not otherwise have the means are gifted a deluxe wedding worth 400,000 euros ($450,000). Couples like fishmongers Tania Silva and Orlando Antunes, who are getting a one-off taste of mega fame on the eve of Saint Anthony day on June 13, the high point of days-long street-dancing, sardine-grilling festivities in Lisbon.All in all, 16 couples are getting married, five of them in a civil ceremony.The 11 other couples are destined for the cathedral, some 650 meters (2,100 feet) away up a steep hill at the entrance of Lisbon's famed Alfama old quarter.Only then can Saint Anthony face the room again.One of the requirements for the 40 to 60 couples who apply every year is that at least one of the pair lives in Lisbon.
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