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Brazil’s Biggest Street Party Overseas Ready to Roll in NY

Brazil Day in New York Differently from many of the ethnic communities around the New York City area, expat Brazilians do not hold parades in celebration of their Independence Day, which takes place on September 7th. Curiously enough, there are military parades back home, even though the country has been a democracy for over 20 years.

Instead of marching down 5th Avenue, what happens is a huge party around the Little Brazil Street area where Brazilian TV celebrities and pop music stars are showcased at a large stage on Sixth Avenue.

The usual street vendors also populate the area, but on this day dollar Thai, falafel and Italian sausage stands will find fierce competition from vendors who peddle Brazilian delicacies such as acarajé, coxinha, feijoada and churrasco.

The Brazilian Day Festival, which has been happening regularly since 1982, congregates over a million people who party hard but also play nice. Many come from communities in Newark and Boston, and sometimes they even charter buses for the occasion.

Past New York Police Department numbers show a small number of summonses and arrests, despite the fact that the crowded neighborhood bars begin selling their caipirinhas (Brazilian margaritas) early on. The delis also make a healthy profit by selling beer out of coffee cups – the police generally ignore that, as long as people behave.

Critics of the festival have said that the festival does not reflect Brazilian culture, but I would disagree with them saying that the event has everything to do with Brazilians, their fun-loving nature, and the pride that they have of their land, even if they are thousands of miles away.

The event itself has become a bit overblown ever since Globo TV took over its musical direction, flying in stars from their roster but also guaranteeing A-list attractions for their simulcast on cable,

This year's musical lineup, which generally changes every year, includes rock band Jota Quest (whose name was inspired by the 1970s cartoon), Axé Music act Asa de íguia, who has scored a large number of hits in Brazil since the 1990s, and Bruno e Marrone, who recently were almost impossible to get off the airwaves with their "Nossa Senhora do Brasil," a tune they recorded with pop Catolic priest Marcelo Rossi.

Revelers who want to get a good place near the stage are advised to get there early. NYPD crowd-control officers are pretty strict when it comes to that. Open containers are against the law in New York City, and anyone who tries to defy that will receive at least a citation.

There are plenty of bars selling beer, caipirinhas and other drinks (at premium prices); the temperature is always hot, so keep hydrated. I have seen families with small kids sweating it out all day there. That is clearly not advisable, as crowds there can get rowdy and loud.

Local clubs are having several after-parties once the street celebration is over, in case you are still in the mood for that later.

On the following day, the Brazilian neighborhood of Astoria in the nearby borough of Queens, the local community will also be celebrating their heritage by joining a long-running fair that happens in the location.

They will be adding some of their color by including typical foods, dance, capoeira demonstrations and also presentations by local bands. It is – intentionally – something done in a much smaller scale, but organizers promise a cultural, family-friendly event suitable to the Brazilian presence in the area.

Service:

24th Brazilian Day
Sunday, September 2,
6th Avenue (at 40th street),
212-398-6464; Free

VIP area tickets available for US$ 150 via phone)

For more information visit http://www.brazilianday.com

Brazilian Street Festival
Monday, September 03 (Labor Day)
30th Avenue betw.29th and 41st Streets
718-726-3912, Free
Astoria, Queens

For more information visit http://www.newyorkbrazil.com

Ernest Barteldes is a freelance writer based on Staten Island, New York. He can be reached at ebarteldes@yahoo.com.

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  • JATIN CHANDRA DADHARA

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  • Brazilian Guy

    Well, you never been to brazil
    you cant say brazil has no jobs, we have extraordinary cities like rio, sao paulo, porto alegre, floripa, manaus,belem, rio branco… in all of that there is a lot of jobs, AND BRAZIL IS VERY VERY CLOSE TO THE PARADISE,brazilians are very happy we have al that we need, if we have a problem we fix it do “jeitinho brasileiro” back there you are all “i have nothing to do” “oh shopping center cool” you cant go to beach, you cant drink on the streets, we’r all happy here….

  • Caucasian Gal

    I’ve been there…
    a couple of times and it’s a really good time. Lots of fun to go around for all!!!

  • Ernest Barteldes

    to Marcel The Monkey
    You see, expats are all homesick even if they couldn’t find opportunities in their own lands. I believe that if you had to live out of your little jungle (wherever that is), you’d be yearning to eat fleas off the backs of your homefolk. And there is nothing wrong with doing that, my furry primate friend. And if you haven’t been to Brazil (are chimps given passports?), you can’t understand the wonders of that land…

  • marcel

    shitty stinky brasilian monkeys
    one thing i cannot get me nut around is why do all these shitty brazilians profess such adoration for their shitty fucked up country in other peoples country answer cos they are confused fuckers who deserve to get deported I HATE ALL OF THEM 1

  • Ernest Barteldes

    To Ana Lourdes
    Eu nao falei de Newark de proposito; em varias ooprtunidades tentei dar apoio a eles, e tudo que tive em resposta foi ignorancia e falta de respeito; as credenciais de imprensa nao tem valor nenhum la, nao tamos acesso a nada, e fica dificil fazer entrevistas. Hj em dia prefiro que eles se enterrem em sua falta de educacao, nao tenho a menor vontade de fazer parte daquilo, a nao ser que haja uma grande mudanca…

  • Ana Lourdes

    Dear Ernest,

    Good Article. Acho que vocÀƒª conseguiu tocar em vÀƒ¡rios pontos da festa de forma organizada e concisa. Talvez fosse interessante vocÀƒª falar um pouco daquela que se realizarÀƒ¡ em Newark. Pessoalmente acho que a “festa do Brasil” perdeu muito do sentido comunitÀƒ¡rio originÀƒ¡rio para se tornar deveras comercial. Infelizmente eu acho que os idealizadores da festa estÀƒ£o sofrendo na mÀƒ£o desse caminhÀƒ£o desenfreado que Àƒ© a TV GLOBO – uma organizaÀƒ§Àƒ£o de “vicious inner-circles”.

    O que eu acho errado Àƒ© ter a TV GLOBO fazendo milhÀƒµes em audiÀƒªncia sem estar dando nenhum retorno para NYC. NÀƒ³s – newyorkers – nÀƒ£o podemos deixar que nossa cidade seja abusada em nome de alguns milhÀƒµes de dollares. NYC deserves much more than that. NÀƒ³s somos brasileiros, mas somos nyorkers ….

    AbraÀƒ§o Grande,
    Ana.

  • Ernest Barteldes

    in response to Jujuba
    Whether you like the festival or not, well that is up to you. But calling this writer an idiot makes one wonder about your intelligence as a reader

  • Jujuba

    what an idiot…not na…I am dyslexic today 😉

  • Jujuba

    LOL
    I am laughing out loud with this guy, what na idiot. I did not like the Brazilian festival, it wasn’t very “Brazilian” and I didn’t like the way people acted so I haven’t been back and most likely won’t be going back to any of them in the future.

  • Brazilian Dude

    Vai saber…
    De qualquer maneira, mantenho que o cara deve ser mÀƒ³ PN 😉
    E realmente, o InglÀƒªs dele nÀƒ£o Àƒ© compatÀƒ­vel com um supermegaempresÀƒ¡rio…

  • Ernest Barteldes

    Sera????
    Sera que esse cara esta na Suica mesmo?

  • Shelly

    Ernersto
    Isse cara esta la na Suica, provavelmente ilegal como tantos brasileiros. E um brasileiro e nega da onde veio, o que e para mim a pior raca de gente… esquenta nao, esse cara deve ser algum politico sujo, filho da puta que roubou e nao pode voltar mais…prisao nele!

  • Shelly

    There, your mask has come down!!!
    Ch.c. says,

    ” Brazilians are way way way…..TOO MUCH XENOPHOBS !!!!”

    You must be one them, to know so much about this country, keep trying CH.c. Tell me about it, did you have to flee the country in the middle of the night?

  • Brazilian Dude

    Ernesto…
    alÀƒ©m de tudo esse/a tal de ch.c leva todo o jeito de ser o maior P.N. (gÀƒ­ria para Pega NinguÀƒ©m, tÀƒ¡ ligado?)
    falta de sÀƒ©-quÀƒ­-ssÀƒº (como foi escrito em um vestibular ;-)) pode deixar as pessoas neurÀƒ³ticas assim…
    DÀƒ¡ pra acreditar que alguÀƒ©m que administra 400milhÀƒµes tem um inglÀƒªs tÀƒ£o reba? Porra, nem pra gastar um pouco disso num FISK da vida… 😉
    O cara Àƒ© mÀƒ³ manÀƒ©, aÀƒ­.

  • João da Silva

    [quote]illegal alien Brazilians celebrate their blind nationalism,,,, while in the u.s.a.,,, ILLEGALLY !!!!,,, [/quote]

    THANKS GOD,there are tolerant Swiss like Ch.c, who put up with both legal and illegal Brazilian immigrants in Switzerland and participate in the cultural activities sponsored by them on the shore of Lake Geneva. They even watch the Soccer matches to gether and drink Ethanol.

    The next “Winter Carnival” in the world is going to be held in Switzerland and will be sponsored by Ch.c, who has 400 Million dollars at his disposal.

  • Brazilian Dude

    That’s misanthropic…
    typos,typos… 😉

  • u.s. observer

    The Illegal Alien Paradox
    illegal alien Brazilians celebrate their blind nationalism,,,, while in the u.s.a.,,, ILLEGALLY !!!!,,, Question : why are you in the u.s.a with fraudelent documents, overstaying your visa, or having crossed the border from Mexico ? Answer: There are no jobs in Brazil, life is very bad, much corruption, much crime…. And,, So,, you are here to celebrate your fervent loyality to your beloved Brazil,,, Yes,, of course……….. DO YOU REALIZE THAT YOUR DAYS AS A ILLEGAL IN THE U.S. ARE INCREASINGLY BECOMING DIFFICULT ?,,, Answer: ,, I DON,T CARE!!….

  • Brazilian Dude

    Ernesto…
    ch.c is sort of like our pet hydrophobic psychotic maniac.We read his blubbering rants with a sardonic eye, never fear.He does come up with accurate numbers,but that’s about it.Deeper thought is not really his bailiwick….
    Just ignore his misanthrhopic fits and filter out the solid facts he provides.
    He really does get problematic when he refuses his morning Zyprexa… 😉
    I guess every blog has types like him.Occupational hazard; what the hell, take it in stride.
    Dammn the cannons, full speed ahead!!! 😉

  • João da Silva

    Ernest Bartoldes
    [quote] Please, sir or madam, do stay away from my articles, as you do a disservice to yourself and to this site. [/quote]

    It is a futile request on your part,Ernest! He/She will exprss his opinion, solcited or unsolicted 😉

  • João da Silva

    ch.c
    “To Joao….the junkie !”

    [quote]….funny too that Brazilians not knowing my country disagree with my statements, BUT ALL Brazilians having resided here for a while….AGREE WITH MY STATEMENTS !
    [/quote]

    I touched on your nerve,didnt I ? You are one of the most interesting S.O.B. (or D.O.B) s , I have come across .Keep talking.

  • Ernest Barteldes

    On Ch.c
    I wonder what C ch hides from… He (or she) makes obvious grammatical mistakes (too much xenophobes, instead of too many) or the latest pot (AT paradise, instead of IN). This individual generates controversy through the posts, which usually have little connection with the issue at hand. I also wonder why, if he hates Brazil so much (f**ing couuntry), why does he come back so often? Please, sir or madam, do stay away from my articles, as you do a disservice to yourself and to this site. And, btw, are you really in Geneva? By your tone, you sound like that degenerate writer who self-published a book called “Brazil and The Brazilians”, to which I gave a negative review a few years back.

  • ch.c.

    CONTINUED….for Joao……
    ….funny too that Brazilians not knowing my country disagree with my statements, BUT ALL Brazilians having resided here for a while….AGREE WITH MY STATEMENTS !

    But dont quote me badly because I never ever said we are at PARADISE. But when comparing with other countries, and even moe so with Brazil, we are certainly closer to Paradise than Brazil is. A lot closer !
    That is why so many Brazilians prefer to get out of your fucking country, or dreaming to leave it, even ready to pay to leave, ready to become illegal “long stay tourists”.
    While the opposite is NIOT TRUE !!!!!!! Guess why !

  • ch.c.

    To Joao….the junkie !
    Sorry Junkie but,
    YOU are the one who wrote in a previous post to BrazilÀƒ©ian Dude : “I understand your aversion to Swiss watches and clocks” and then you referred to Chinese watches ! SHORT MEMORY……IDIOT ?

    As to what you can imagine about myself is just worthless and of no value. Even if you think as you wrote once “I should quit the forum because it is only for a small group of educated people” SHORT MEMORY AGAIN….IDIOT ?

    You are such an idiot that you liked what AES wrote a while ago. Even when he said HE sold gold at US$ 820.- when such a price was never ever reached…..in the last 25 years !

    Simple demonstration that the most idiot between you and me……is certainly not me !

    As to my own relations, in businesses or private, they are certainly more diversified and worth more than yours.
    this doesnt include yet my clients money !!!!! Hey Hey !
    Yesssssss…..idiot Joao…..I am managing US$ 400 millions.
    Ohhhh….this is a very small size “investment boutique”……..HERE !!!!!

    I always smile when Brazilians caress their navel………with their BASIC commodities exports, forgetting that the ones who make more money than them are :
    – ALL the distribution intermediaries
    – and those selling the inputs products such as tractors, pesticides, fongicides, GMO seeds.
    – those selling luxury goods to the minority wealthy Brazilians such as BMWs, Mercedes…or expensive watches ! Hey Hey !

    But please please please continue to double, triple, quadruple your low margins BASIC commodities. The more you produce them
    the more the intermediaries (mostly foreigners) …..WILL MAKE MORE PROFITS !!!!!!

    But dont count that Rolex will double or triple their production in the next few years…..just to see their profit margins going down !!!! Creating luxury goods with high value added and some type of shortage….is the surest way to have a BIG PROFIT !!!!

    That is exactly what my intention is with the large land I am developing in Brazil….and produce BBB coffee, BBB coffee meaning
    Blue Brazilian Bean, which will be of higher quality than the BHB…..Blue Haitian Bean…with seeds coming from there !!!!!
    As I said in my previous post on that subject, we dont need to find buyers with high marketing costs. Buyers are knocking at our doors
    to find out how much of our future production they could eventually buy. A few are even ready to purchase 100 % of our production….but we refuse….since it will lower over time…..our selling price. We want buyers to compete against other buyers by bidding higher and higher and not against us ! We will never ever….OVERPRODUCE !!!!!
    And we dont care at all about the International coffee price, the same as Rolex doesnt care about cheap and worthless Chinese or Taiwanese watches !!!!!!

    Hey Hey we are going to do it the Swiss Way….once more ! Top quality…top prices AND ….top profit margins !

    Are Swiss not already doing the same in chocolate……despite we dont produzce 1 cocoa bean ?????????

    Have Swiss not won the sailing America Cup….TWICE IN A ROW……despite we dont have 1 pint of sea water or 1 square inch of sea access ?????? Just think of it ! 😀 😀

    You can then realize why Switzerland, despite its high wages, are regularly ranked AS THE MOST COMPETITIVE COUNTRY….IN THE WORLD !!!!!!!!!! 😉 😉 😀

  • Brazilian Dude

    ch.c
    You REALLY need to take your Zyprexa regularly… I never had any post to do with chinese watches… that was JoÀƒ£o…
    Alzheimer’s?
    The point about passports or nationalities is moot.The thing is that the celebrations are about another country’s culture…WTF do legals/illegals have to do with it?There is no xenophobia related to those statistics… Your original statement was about feasts….

  • João da Silva

    Brazilian Dude
    [quote]I thought that Brazilian Dude has an aversion against Swiss watches, since you prefer Chinese watches !
    Short memory ?[/quote]

    Ch.c is the one with a nasty problem of short memory.I dont recall you ever mentioning about your aversion for Swiss Watches.It is a malicious propaganda against a simple Brazilian Dude like you,which of course is unacceptable to us.

    [quote]You see when there is a soccer World cup, for example, the Brazilian local community in my city, 60 % of them illegals, the other40 % legally here, do a big feast in public parks with large TV screens and we look at the matches together ! We dance together !We have drinks together.
    I am not counting the few Brazilians who changed their passports and became Swiss. They are Swiss…by definition….the same as yourJapaneses with a Brazilian passports are……Brazilians ! [/quote]

    It does sound surrealistic to me.I cant inagine ch.c, involving himself in cultural activities with the Brazilians in Geneva. May be he has fallen in love with Luriam.

    [quote]On Saturdays, a few of them even make Capoeira shows in the shopping streets !
    [/quote]

    Unbelievable, that he appreciates these shows.

    [quote]And funny that none (to my knowedge) Brazilians churascerrias in my city sell…… Brazilian meat ! And we know it since by law the country of the meat origin must be written on the menus card ! [/quote]

    It is good that the Swiss dont import meat from Brazil.Very nice of them so as not to jack up the price for domestic consumers.

    Dude,have you noticed that he hasnt made any comments about the Brazilian economy during this week ? Love is in the air (Luriam & Ch.c) and I am closely observing the progress on Rede Globo.

  • CH.C.

    Sorry….Brazilian Dude….!
    You are right, I was wrong ! But not so wong because “your” Japaneses are in fact Brazilians…by now …..with a Brazilian passport!
    You see when there is a soccer World cup, for example, the Brazilian local community in my city, 60 % of them illegals, the other40 % legally here, do a big feast in public parks with large TV screens and we look at the matches together ! We dance together !We have drinks together.
    I am not counting the few Brazilians who changed their passports and became Swiss. They are Swiss…by definition….the same as yourJapaneses with a Brazilian passports are……Brazilians !

    But why should Swisess do a feast in Brazil with chocolates, knives and watches ?
    I thought that Brazilian Dude has an aversion against Swiss watches, since you prefer Chinese watches !
    Short memory ? 🙂
    Or do you expect that we distribute them free…..after having paid ourselves your heavy import taxes ?
    Hmmmmm……. !!!!

    for your info, in my city, Geneva, 50 % of the Legal residents DONT HAVE A SWISS PASSPORT !
    This doesnt include the thousands of foreign diplomats with all our International Agencies, and doesnt include the far more than
    40’000 illegals coming from all over the world : Africa, Asia, Russia and all Eastern Europe countries, and Latin American countries.
    The Brazilian community here is quite large. We have no problem with them. On Saturdays, a few of them even make Capoeira shows in the shopping streets !
    And funny that none (to my knowedge) Brazilians churascerrias in my city sell…… Brazilian meat ! And we know it since by law the country of the meat origin must be written on the menus card !

  • bo

    Be Careful….
    Heard ‘neller ice is comin to the pah-tay.. 😮

  • Brazilian Dude

    Ernest…
    Have you noticed any Brazilian Ministry of Tourism and Embratur presence there? They have been spending truckloads of money to try and present a fairy-tale, idealized version of our country to gullible foreigners…(check out Brazil Week in New York Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall…).Are thier jackboots and heavy-handed presence explicit there, or camouflaged by Globo(which is also a Ministry accomplice)?

  • Brazilian Dude

    ch.c…
    Your numbers (stats) are generally spot-on. However, you screwed up badly on “…that such a Foreign party…..COULD NOT HAPPEN IN…..BRAZIL !!!!!! Brazilians are way way way…..TOO MUCH XENOPHOBS !!!! “
    Let me enlighten you.I’ll begin with the Oktoberfest in Blumenau, which is the largest German-culture festival in the world after Munich’s original Oktoberfest.Then there’s the Italian feast of Santa Aquerupita, in the Italian neighborhood of Bela Vista, in SÀƒ£o Paulo, whic celebrates Italian culture for a whole month!There’s also the Japanese festival in the japanese neighborhood of Liberdade, in SÀƒ£o Paulo, (Brazil has THE largest Japanese cummunity outside of Japan in the world), besides the weekly fairs in that wonderful place, which looks like a slice of Japan plopped down in SP (I have been to Japan for a month and a half, so I should know).There are feasts which celebrate Ukranian culture in the south; SÀƒ£o Paulo celebrates Irish culture on St. Patrick’s day; etc.
    Brazilians unfortunate and unjustified xenophoby is targeted mostly at America, stimulated by the mindless left-wing orphans from the Soviet era.
    We even like the Swiss! ;-)If you started a Swiss festival here, with your great chocolates, and foods, and knives and watches, it would be a resounding success!People would love it(especially the food) 😉
    The moronic mindless xenophobes have a one-track mind, which can only repeat “down with the USA”.
    Dor de cotovelo!!! (that means “envy”)

  • ch.c.

    Funny…….
    …that such a Foreign party…..COULD NOT HAPPEN IN…..BRAZIL !!!!!!

    Brazilians are way way way…..TOO MUCH XENOPHOBS !!!!

    Brazilians even firmly believe they are more developed and smarter than ……….developed countries !!!!

    SORRY JUNKIES……. just read once more…..the comparisons stats !

  • Ernest Barteldes

    In response to Br Dude
    I’d say it’s both; homesick Brazilians join curious Americans studk in town for the holiday; the presence of Hispanic and African immigrants is also noticeable

  • Brazilian Dude

    So,
    What’s the attendnce like? Mostly expats going down memory lane, or Americans curious about Brazilian things in general?

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