Thirty years ago, a small celebration of Brazilian Independence Day was held in Little Brazil near West 46th Street in Manhattan. This modest gathering garnered attention from only a few hundred people. Over the past three decades, Brazil Day in New York has exploded into a massive cultural event, one that attracts more than a million people each year.
On par with other major international festivities, including the Puerto Rican Day Parade and Chinese New Years, Brazil Day is not only a celebration for tourists and expatriates, but it’s also an all-inclusive affair for those who enjoy the city’s vibrant Brazilian presence.
Known as the biggest Brazilian attraction outside of Brazil, Brazilian Day New York shuts down traffic and creates a party that stretches on for 25 blocks. A boisterous crowd fills the streets and samples authentic Brazilian food vendors, like skewers and sandwiches made with charred, barbecued meats, while swaying to the nearest beat of a live musician. Samba drummers jam in the street, and thousands of participants and passersby join the dance.
The festival’s heritage is maintained by the Brasilians Newspaper, the South American media powerhouse TV Globo International and a proud community of Brazilians in New York City (more than 100,000 in Queens alone) who organize events like the parade for the public.
Guests of the Duane Street Hotel should keep an eye out for this exciting cultural event, which will take place on September 6th. For more information and history, check out the Brazilian Day in New York website here.
September 6th, 2015
West 46th Street