A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 18, 2005
Brazilian Day
Brazilian Day celebrates Brazil's independence and is held the first week in September.

http://thebrasiliansonline.com/brazilfest/main/program.html
Date: Sunday, September 4, 2005
Open 11 a.m. until sunset

Where: Avenue of the Americas, 43rd St. to Central Park, with the great stage at 43rd St.
"Little Brazil" 46th St. from 5th to Times Sq.

http://thebrasiliansonline.com/brazilfest/main/history.html
Brazil's Independence Day (September 7th) is the occasion chosen to bring Brazilian-Americans, Brazilians who live away from home and those many people interested in Brazil together for a very special event.

In 1984 the City of New York proclaimed the first Sunday in September as the day in which it celebrates Brazilian Independence from Portugal, which took place on September 7th, 1822.

Originally created by Jota Alves, the event has been managed for the past several years by The Brazilian American Cultural Center and THE BRASILIANS NEWSPAPER as one of the many endeavors they maintain to serve the Brazilian community and promote Brazil internationally.

Every year the Brazilian community celebrates the day with a street festival on "Little Brazil," the area of Manhattan's 46th Street known for its concentration of Brazilian businesses and social events.

THE BRASILIANS NEWSPAPER and The Brazilian American Cultural Center (BACC) joined forces in the certainty that the Brazilian presence in New York contributes greatly to the city, from the arts, music, and food to the naturally fun-loving, easygoing nature of the special people from a very special country, Brazil.

Today the event is presided by João de Matos, who responded to the rapid expansion of the Brazilian community in the New York area and reorganized The Annual Brazilian Street Festival to become one of the most important Brazilian events abroad.

Every year, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., revelers celebrate Brazil's Independence Day with upbeat entertainment and nonstop activities on two stages.

The Festival is attended by Americans who love Brazil and its culture, as well as people from all nationalities who share the love of music and good times with their Brazilian neighbors, making the Festival a major multi-cultural event.

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The BRAZILIAN DAY IN NEW YORK celebration has come to be known as one of the largest events in the "Big Apple," along with other traditional ethnic events such as St. Patrick's Day and Puerto Rican Day parades.

Each year, the BRAZILIAN DAY IN NEW YORK's organizing committee invites a number of Brazilian celebrities and friends of Brazil, as well as local authorities, such as the Mayor, to join the event in the most important city in the world.

Posted by Barry Popik
Holidays/Events/Parades • (0) Comments • Thursday, August 18, 2005 • Permalink