New York, June 27 2010. Brazilian Day in New York will celebrate the Brazilian heritage on Sunday, September 5, Labor Day weekend. On its 26th anniversary, the festival will feature distinguished names of the Brazilian culture, like Carlinhos Brown and Zeze di Camargo & Luciano, and many other special guests. The participating singers will surely make a lot of noise and celebrate Brazil along with 1.5 million people. Stay tuned and don't miss it !
The festival began to celebrate Brazil's Independence Day. Since 1984, that small celebration has only grown, up to the point of attracting over 1.5 million people in 2009, according to official information from NYPD.
People come from as close as Connecticut and as far as California. Perfectly bonding with the diverse population of New York City, people also come from Europe, Asia and Africa, to join the festivities. Some travel in groups, by bus, some fly in, and others simply drive hundreds of miles. No one wants to be left out of this party, which is now considered the world's biggest Brazilian event outside Brazil and one of the Big Apple's greatest ethnic events.
The organizers of Brazilian Day, The Brasilians Newspaper, The Brazilian-American Cultural Center (BACC) and TV Globo Internacional, are expecting a record number of participants for the 25th celebration.
There are no precise estimates of how many Brazilians live nowadays in the United States. However, the Brazil Information Center (BIC), a non-profit poll organization based out of Washington, D.C., estimates that there are over a million Brazilians throughout the entire country. Of those, 300 thousand live in the three-state area of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. The NGO also estimates that 100 thousand alone live in the Queens area, in New York.
In this way, the Brazilian Day festival is not simply a party celebration; it has become an opportunity to reach out for the Brazilian community in the United States. On that day, Brazilians join each other from different parts of the world, many coming from Brazil just to attend the festival, show their pride, advertise their culture, and live their nostalgic and anonymous feeling of being an immigrant away from home.
Furthermore, they consolidate their presence in the United States bringing the Brazilian popular warmth, rich music heritage.