History of Festival

The first Brazilian Day was celebrated on September 7th, 1984 in New York City to commemorate Brazilian Independence Day.  For over 26 years the area around 46th Ave. and 6th St. near Times Square known as Little Brazil has come alive with the beauty, brilliance, and wonder of Brazil.

This mega-event has become the largest Brazilian event outside of Brazil. It has grown dramatically to become one of the largest festivals in New York. Today Brazilian Day New York spans 25 blocks and draws over 1.5 million people from cities in the United States and around the world.

Building on the success of this event, Globo TV International has taken Brazilian Day to England, Miami, Angola, Japan and Portugal, broadcasting the events worldwide.

In 2009, Toronto was selected to be the host city of Brazilian Day Canada due to its vibrant multicultural population and the growing Brazilian, Hispanic and Portuguese communities.  The first Brazilian Day Canada drew revelers from around the city of Toronto, the outlying areas and from cities throughout Canada and promises to become a major event for the city of Toronto.