Latin Celebrations

Latin celebrations in New York City include national daysparadesstreet fairsfeasts and fasts

Our Lady of Providence is patron saint of Puerto Rico

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The idea is not that faith will give you what you want, but that “God helps those who help themselves”

Saint Cecilia is patron saint of musicians

Friday, November 22, 2019
Said to have heard heavenly music in her heart, Saint Cecilia represents the idea of divine inspiration

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Monday, November 25, 2019
SALCEDO, Dominican Republic ~ The Mirabal Sisters: Patria, Minerva and Maria, whose codename was “Las Mariposas” (the Butterflies), were murdered by Trujillo’s right-hand man for helping the resistance to dictatorship

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019

Wed-Thu, Nov 27-28, 2019
UPPER WEST SIDE TO HERALD SQUARE, NYC ~ Balloon inflation and the Parade mark the start of the Christmas season, the world’s most popular Latin holiday

Thanksgiving Weekend

Wed-Sun, Nov 27-Dec 1, 2019
The big U.S. family holiday launches the winter holiday season

Thanksgiving Day

Thu, November 28, 2019
This is the main family holiday in the United States

Black Friday opens the holiday shopping season

Friday, November 29, 2019
Let’s go shopping for Latin fashion

Panamanian Independence Day

Saturday, November 28, 2019
PANAMA CITY ~ Rebels drafted a Declaration of Independence from Spain and joined Gran Colombia on November 28, 1821

Puerto Rican Heritage Month

Puerto Rico commemorates the month in 1493 when Columbus claimed Puerto Rico for Spain. The Puerto Rican diaspora celebrates our heritage.

Advent, the countdown to Christmas

December 1-24, 2019
Kids love the tradition of counting down the days until Christmas

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square 2019

Monday, December 2, 2019
LINCOLN SQUARE ~ This holiday street fair has entertainment, food tastings, a Christmas tree lighting, and a parade. FREE

Giving Tuesday 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
UNIVERSAL ~ Giving is the natural currency of the universe. The tradition was started by New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Check our list of NYC cultural organizations who deserve your support.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2019

Wed, Dec 4, 2019 – Jan 7, 2020
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ The Christmas Tree Lighting is a big deal in Rockefeller Center

Día de las Velitas, a Colombian holiday tradition

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Colombian Christmas tradition
COLOMBIA ~ Colombians across the country, famously in Medellín, light rows and rows of candles to commemorate the people’s anticipation of the Vatican’s proclamation of the Immaculate Conception in December 8, 1854

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Sunday, December 8, 2019
The idea that the Virgin Mary was born free of sin expresses that the divinity of women and men is equal

Our Lady of Guadalupe is patron saint of Mexico

Thursday, December 12, 2019
MEXICO CITY, Mexico ~ The brown Madonna, the icon of Mexican identity is mixed race, Indigenous and European. We love her because she is like us.

Celebrate La Novena de Navidad, the Christmas Novena

December 16-24
This nine-day prayer cycle is a Colombian, Ecuadorian and Venezuelan Christmas tradition


Tuesday, December 17, 2019
SANTIAGO DE LAS VEGAS, Cuba ~ Followers make a pilgrimage to El Santuario de San Lazaro just outside Havana

Fall in New York City

September, October, November
The Fall months remind us that life is ephemeral


December 22-30, 2019
NEW YORK CITY ~ Miracles await those who fill their time with the light of faith, hope and work. Hanukkah Sameach! (Happy Hanukkah)

Christmas Eve 2019

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
NORTH POLE ~ Here comes Santa Claus…

Christmas, Navidad, Natal, Natale, Noël, Craciun

Wed, December 25, 2019
This blend of winter traditions from around the world is the world’s most popular Latin holiday
Merry Christmas!
¡Feliz Navidad!
Feliz Natal!
Buon Natale!
Joyeux Noël!
Craciun Fericit!

New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
TIMES SQUARE, NYC ~ New Year’s has been celebrated in Times Square since the opening of the New York Times building in 1904. But it was Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve that started the party we know today in 1972. Wherever you are: Happy New Year!
¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
Feliz Ano Novo!
Felice anno nuovo!
Bonne année!
An Nou Fericit!

New Year’s Day

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
This U.S. holiday is the ultimate morning after.

Met Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

Daily, Nov 4, 2019 – Jan 7, 2020
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ The Christmas tree and nativity are decorated with handmade figurines from Naples, Italy where the nativity tradition began. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Carnival, Carnaval, Carnevale

Jan 6 – Feb 25, 2020
This Italian Catholic winter festival spread to France, Spain and Portugal, and then around the Latin world in colonial times

Three Kings Day ~ Dia de Los Reyes

Monday, January 6, 2020
Latin Christmas Traditions
The gift-giving day in many Latin traditions

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
ATLANTA, Georgia ~ The African-American civil rights leader was born on January 15, 1929. His holiday this year is Monday, January 20, 2020.

Martin Luther King Weekend

Fri-Mon, Jan 17-20, 2020
UNITED STATES ~ Latin things to do in New York City over the January long weekend

Join the Women’s March on NYC 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020
UPPER WEST SIDE & MIDTOWN ~ March in the Women’s March for the civil rights of every human regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion or creed

Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the liberation of Auschwitz

Monday, January 27, 2020
AUSCHWITZ, Poland ~ When Soviet soldiers opened the gates of Nazi concentration camps on January 27, 1945, it became undeniable how the Holocaust/Shoah violated the human rights of Jewish, Romani and LGBT people

Our Lady of Candelaria patron saint of the Canary Islands

Sunday, February 2, 2020
How fitting that the patron saint of these Spanish African islands is a Black Madonna

Our Lady of Lourdes is famous for the healing water of her spring

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
LOURDES, France ~ A Marion apparition told 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous to dig a well whose water is famous for miraculous healings

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 14, 2020
This popular celebration honors a Roman saint who got associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages

Presidents Day Weekend

Fri-Mon, Feb 14-17, 2020
This U.S. holiday commemorates the birthdays of presidents Washington and Lincoln

Celebrate National Margarita Day 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Enjoy the classic Mexican cocktail of tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and salt

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2020

February 24-25, 2020
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad ~ One of the world’s great Carnivals set patterns for Carnivals around the world

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) ends Carnival Season

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana ~ “Fat Tuesday” is the end of Carnival before the pious Catholic fast of Lent

Celebrate Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
This day of repentance starts the Catholic period of devotion leading to Easter. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Dominican Independence Day

Thursday, February 27, 2019
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic ~ Dominican rebels captured Santo Domingo fortress on February 27, 1844

Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian Nobel Prize winning author

Friday, March 6, 2020
ARACATACA, Colombia ~ The Nobel Prize-winning author and leading writer of Magical Realism was born on March 6, 1927

International Women’s Day 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020
It’s a Latin tradition to show our love and respect for all the women in our lives (including family, friends and associates) on March 8

Purim 2020 celebrates the courage of Queen Esther

Mon-Tue, Mar 9-10, 2020
SOUTH WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn ~ This Jewish holiday feast commemorates how Queen Esther of Persia found the courage to break tradition, speak up, and thereby save her people

St Patrick’s Day commemorates the patron saint of Ireland

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Commemorate the death of the patron saint of Ireland. Spanish Galicians and French Bretons share Celtic culture with western Irish

Feast of Saint Joseph is Latin Father’s Day

Thursday, March 19, 2020 ~ The Catholic Feast of Saint Joseph is the Latin Father’s Day

Spring is in the air

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Spring is a season of rebirth and planting

Celebrate World Poetry Day

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings (UNESCO)

Puerto Rico Emancipation Day

Sunday, March 22, 2020
Day off Mon, March 23, 2020
PUERTO RICO ~ This Puerto Rican holiday commemorates the day Puerto Rican slaves were officially freed by the Spanish Parliament on March 22, 1873

Celebrate César Chávez Day, the labor leader’s birthday

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
YUMA, Arizona ~ The great Mexican-American union and civil rights leader was born on March 31, 1927

Holy Week ~ Semana Santa

Sun-Sat, April 5-11, 2020
This most important Christian holiday season commemorates the passion of Christ

Celebrate Palm Sunday 2020

Sunday, April 5, 2020
The start of the Christian spring festival Holy Week (Semana Santa), Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem

Celebrate Passover 2020, the Jewish Spring Festival

Wed-Thu, April 8-16, 2020
The Jewish spring festival commemorates our release from slavery and the Exodus

Celebrate Romani Day 2020

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The Romani were originally traveling court musicians in northern India. Flamenco is Romani.

Good Friday 2020 (Viernes Santo)

Friday, April 10, 2020
This Christian holiday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus

Celebrate Easter 2020, the Christian Spring Festival

Sunday, April 12, 2020
This Christian spring holiday commemorates the resurrection of Jesus which is the core belief of Christianity

Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival 2020 on Fifth Avenue

Sunday, April 12, 2020
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ The bonnets and costumes are marvelous and anyone can join this informal parade

Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
BROOKLYN, NYC ~ Jackie Robinson #42 broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball on opening day with Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947

Celebrate Malbec World Day 2020 with a good glass of Argentine wine

Friday, April 17, 2020
Argentine wine
A global celebration of the popular Argentine red wine

Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Earth is the only home we have

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr 2020

April 23 – May 23, 2020
Muslim holiday
Celebrate the Muslim holy month of daytime fasting which ends with the feast of Eid Al-Fitr. “Eid Mubarak” (Happy Holiday)

Celebrate International Workers Day

Friday, May 1, 2020
The old spring festival May Day is also International Workers Day which celebrates the international labor movement

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2020, the Mexican-American festival

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
PUEBLA, Mexico ~ This Mexican-American festival commemorates the victory of a small Mexican force over the great French Army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862

“Evita” Eva Perón is icon of Argentina

Thursday, May 7, 2020
LOS TOLDOS, Argentina~ Evita, who rose from poverty to become an actress, radio personality, master of public relations and first lady of Argentina, was born on May 7, 1919

Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fátima

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
FÁTIMA, Portugal ~ Three peasant children saw a Marion apparition in central Portugal that led to a miracle witnessed by thousands

Celebrate the Feast of the Ascension

Thursday, May 21, 2020
The religious narrative of Jesus rising into the heavens mirrors the natural narrative of crops growing towards the sky

Memorial Day Weekend

Fri-Mon, May 22-25, 2020
This U.S. holiday honors those who died serving our country, and is the popular start of summer

The May Revolution of Buenos Aires launched Latin American Independence

Monday, May 25, 2020
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina ~ The May Revolution launched the Latin American Wars of Independence on May 25, 1810

La Festa della Repubblica, Italy’s national day

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Italian national day
ITALY ~ The Italian people voted to end the monarchy and found the Republic of Italy on June 2, 1946

Museum Mile Festival 2020 NYC’s biggest block party

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Museum street fair
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ Free admission and outdoor art activities for children:
The Africa Center
El Museo del Barrio
Museum of the City of NY
Jewish Museum
Cooper Hewitt
Neue Galerie
Met Museum

Luís de Camões, the Portuguese Shakespeare

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Portuguese national poet books
LISBON, PORTUGAL ~ The author of Portugal’s national epic poem ‘Os Lusíadas,’ about Vasco de Gama’s sea route to India, died on June 10, 1580

Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of Lisbon, Brazil and lost things

Friday, June 13, 2020
Portuguese saint
The patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal; Padua, Italy and lost things also helps couples reconcile

National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2020 ¡Boricua!

Sunday, June 14, 2020
Puerto Rican Parade
MIDTOWN to UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ America’s largest cultural celebration

Summer Solstice is the shortest night of the year

Saturday, June 20, 2020
Celebrate Midsummer, the longest day and shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere

Happy Father’s Day 2020

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Family celebration
Dear Dad. Thank you for the many things you taught me. They seemed so insignificant then, but are so important now. Papi, te amo.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is patron saint of Haiti

Saturday, June 27, 2020
HAITI ~ She is known for miracles preventing cholera and smallpox in Haiti in 1882

Fourth of July, U.S. Independence Day

Saturday, July 4, 2020
(Day off, Fri, July 3, 2020)
The thirteen colonies that became the United States declared independence from Great Britain and launched a humanitarian revolution that swept the world on July 4, 1776

Celebrate Venezuelan Independence Day ~ Cinco de Julio

Sunday, July 5, 2020
CARACAS ~ Venezuela’s national day celebrates the founding of the first independent nation in South America on July 5, 1811

Celebrate World Chocolate Day

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
UPPER AMAZON ~ Chocolate, made from cocoa, is native to Colombia and Venezuela. It was domesticated in Guatemala and Mexico. Spanish priests took it to Europe.

Celebrate Nueve de Julio, Argentine Independence Day

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Argentine national day celebration
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina ~ After the restoration of the Spanish throne, the United Provinces of South America (modern Argentina & Uruguay) declared independence on July 9, 1816

La Virgen de Chiquinquirá is patron saint of Colombia

Thursday, July 9, 2020
CHIQUINQUIRÁ, Colombia ~ This Virgin Mary, the patron saint of Colombia received her Canonical Coronation on July 9, 1919

Bastille Day 2020, La Fête nationale, le 14 juillet

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
PARIS, France ~ The French national day celebrates the start of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789
NEW YORK CITY celebrates with a FIAF street fair and more

Celebrate Colombian Independence Day “20 de Julio”

Monday, July 20, 2020
BOGOTÁ ~ The Colombian national day celebrates the people’s protests which inspired the formation of a government independent from Spain on July 20, 1810

Saint John’s Eve or Festa Junina

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Brazilian Creole French French-Canadian Italian Portuguese Puerto Rican Spanish Celebration
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico ~ Celebrate midsummer (or midwinter) by gathering with family around bonfires on the eve of Saint John the Baptist’s birth

Celebrate National Tequila Day with the spirit of Mexico

Friday, July 24, 2020
UNITED STATES ~ Enjoy the agave spirit with roots in pre-Columbian Mexico

Simón Bolívar is the George Washington of South America

Friday, July 24, 2020
CARACAS, Venezuela ~ Simón Bolívar “El Libertador,” the founding father of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, was born on July 24, 1783

Remember Harlem’s Silent Parade of 1917

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
HARLEM, NYC ~ The Silent Parade was a protest against violence against people of color on July 28, 1917

Peruvian Independence Day

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
LIMA, Peru ~ Argentine revolutionary leader José San Martín declared Peruvian independence from Spain on July 28, 1821

Celebrate Eid al-Adha

Thu-Mon, July 30-Aug 3, 2020
The most important Muslim holiday marks Ibrahim’s test of faith, and ends the annual Hajj pilgrimage. It is an official New York City school holiday. “Eid Mubarak” (Blessed Eid)

Pachamama Day honors the Andean Mother Earth

Saturday, August 1, 2020
ANDES ~ This Indigenous Inca nature festival of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and parts of Chile and Argentina honors Mother Earth to bring a good growing season

Bolivian Independence Day 2020 Día de la Patria

Thursday, August 6, 2020
CHUQUISACA, Bolivia ~ The Bolivian Declaration of Independence ended Spanish control of South America on August 6, 1825

Emiliano Zapata believed land should belong to those who work it

Saturday, August 8, 2020
ANENECUILCO, Morelos, Mexico ~ The leader of the Zapatismo rebellion for land reform, one of the leaders of the Mexican Revolution, was born on August 8, 1879

Ecuadorian Independence Day

Monday, August 10, 2020
QUITO, Ecuador ~ Criollo rebels took over the capital, marking the first step in Ecuadorian independence on August 10, 1809

Labor Day

Monday, September 7, 2020
This U.S. holiday celebrates organized labor and is the popular end of summer

Celebrate the Assumption of Mary and the divinity of women

Saturday, August 15, 2020
The idea that when the Virgin Mary died, her body and soul went to heaven, expresses the divinity of women and how we all carry our mother’s spirit inside of us. It marks the start of summer holidays in many Catholic countries.

Celebrate National Rum Day

Sunday, August 16, 2020
Enjoy the spirit of the Caribbean with Cuban, Dominican or Puerto Rican rum

Celebrate Dominican Restoration Day

Sunday, August 16, 2020
DAJABON, Dominican Republic ~ A rebel raid called “El grito de Capotillo” launched the Dominican War of Restoration of independence from Spain on August 16, 1863

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

September 15 – October 15
The United States celebrates our Hispanic roots, Hispanic culture, and the contributions of Hispanic-Americans

Celebrate Al-Hijra, the Muslim New Year 1442

Wed-Thu, August 19-20, 2020
Muharram, the first month of the Muslim calendar, is a solemn sacred month

On Rosh Hashanah “Shana Tovah”

Fri-Sun, September 18-20, 2020
This Jewish holiday feast celebrates the New Year 5781. “Shana Tovah” (Have a Good Year)

Mary Queen of Heaven

Saturday, August 22, 2020
Celebrate the idea that the divinity of woman as mother is present in the afterlife

On Yom Kippur “G’mar Chatima Tovah”

Sun-Mon, September 27-28, 2020
The holiest day in Judaism is a day of atonement and repentance. Public schools are closed October 9. “G’mar Chatima Tovah” (May you be inscribed in the Book of Life).

Celebrate Uruguayan Independence Day

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
LA FLORIDA, Uruguay ~ The Uruguayan national day commemorates the assembly of the Thirty-Three Orientals rebel group which declared independence from Brazil on August 25, 1825

Labor Day Weekend

Fri-Mon, September 4-7, 2020
This long holiday weekend honors the U.S. labor movement, and is the unofficial end of summer

Brazilian Independence Day ~ Sete de Setembro

Monday, September 7, 2020
SÃO PAULO ~ Brazil’s national day celebrates Dom Pedro I’s declaration of independence from Portugal on September 7, 1821

Celebrate the Nativity of Mary

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Nobody knows when the Virgin Mary was born, but this is the day we celebrate her birth

Our Lady of Charity is patron saint of Cuba

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
El COBRE, Cuba ~ “La Cachita” is a beloved symbol of the Cuban people

911 is a day to remember and a day to forgive

Friday, September 11, 2020
FINANCIAL DISTRICT, NYC ~ Never forget, but always forgive what was done to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

Salvadoran Independence Day

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” (modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Costa Rican Independence Day

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” (modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Guatemalan Independence Day

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” (modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Nicaraguan Independence Day

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” creating modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Honduran Independence Day

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” (modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Mexican Independence Day ¡Viva Mexico!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
DOLORES HIDALGO, Mexico ~ The Mexican Revolution began with a call to arms, “El Grito de Dolores” (The Cry of Dolores) on September 16, 1810

Chilean Independence Day ~ Dieciocho Fiestas Patrias Chile

Friday, September 18, 2020
SANTIAGO, Chile ~ Chile’s First Junta replaced the royal governor on September 18, 1810

On Sukkot “Chag Sameach”

October 2-9, 2020
The Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths, Sukkot is a Jewish harvest festival celebrated in simple huts which remind us how we lived and prayed in 40 years wandering the desert

Celebrate International Coffee Day

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Is your favorite coffee Brazilian, Colombian, Italian, Honduran, Peruvian, Guatemalan, French, Nicaraguan, Costa Rican or Mexican?

St. Francis of Assisi is patron saint of Italy

Sunday, October 4, 2020
Celebrate the feast of the patron saint of Italy, animals and the environment

Celebrate Indigenous People Day 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020
EARTH ~ In the United States, we celebrate our Indigenous heritage on the second Monday in October. Many countries celebrate on October 12.

Columbus Day

Monday, October 12, 2020
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ This U.S. holiday was founded to stop racist violence against Italian-Americans. The myths around Columbus Day helped us be accepted as just Americans. Benvenuto! Saluto! Grazie!

The Columbus Day Parade is the world’s biggest Italian-American celebration

Monday, October 12, 2020
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Over 100 marching groups, 20 parade floats, 30 vehicles and 20 marching bands join this celebration of Italian-American heritage, culture and achievements

Celebrate Spain’s National Day, La Fiesta Nacional de España

Monday, October 12, 2020
BAHAMAS ~ When a lookout sighted land on October 12, 1492 during the first expedition of Columbus, he had no idea that he set in motion one of the great turning points in history

Celebrate National Pasta Day

Saturday, October 17, 2020
Pasta is an Italian food made from wheat and water. It was probably first created by Etruscans north of Rome.

Mexican President Benito Juárez worked for democracy and Indigenous rights

Saturday, March 21, 2020
SAN PABLO GUELATAO, Oaxaca, Mexico ~ The Indigenous founding father of the modern Mexican state was born on March 21, 1806. There is a statue of Juárez in the northwest corner of Bryant Park.

Dizzy Gillespie is one of the godfather’s of Latin jazz

CHERAW, South Carolina ~ Dizzy Gillespie, the co-founder of bebop who made a Latin rhythm section mainstream jazz, was born on October 21, 1917

St Jude Thaddeus is patron saint of lost causes

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Saint Jude Thaddeus is said to have more time and be eager to help since he is less busy because people confuse him with the other Judas so they don’t pray to him

Celebrate International Creole Day

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
It’s a day to celebrate French-African culture of the Caribbean, the Americas, Africa and the world

Day of the Dead ~ Día de los Muertos

Sat-Mon, Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2020
We remember deceased family members on Day of the Dead because you live as long as someone remembers you

México City Day of the Dead Parade

Saturday, October 31, 2020
MEXICO CITY, Mexico ~ This parade was inspired by the movie parade in the James Bond film ‘Spectre’

All Saints Day honors all saints known and unknown

Sunday, November 1, 2020
This Catholic feast honors all saints whether they are recognized by the Church or just “saintly”

Celebrate All Souls Day and remember deceased family members

Monday, November 2, 2020
The Roman Catholic day for tending family graves was blended in Mexico with Aztec traditions into the Day of the Dead

Panamanian Separation Day

Sunday, November 3, 2019
PANAMA CITY, Panama, ~ The Colombian department (state) of Panama became the Republic of Panama on November 3, 1903

Remember Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, so it doesn’t happen again

Monday November 9, 2020
GERMANY ~ Nazi paramilitary forces and civilians attacked Jewish communities across Germany on November 9-10, 1938

Veterans Day honors those who serve

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
This U.S. holiday honors those who serve in the U.S. military on the anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918

Celebrate Diwali like we do in India and the Caribbean

Saturday, November 14, 2020
The East Indian festival of lights is a national holiday in parts of the Caribbean with a large diaspora from India, including Suriname, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago

Celebrate Lent 2020, the Catholic spiritual preparation before Easter

Wed, Feb 26 – Thu, Apr 9 (2020) ~ Lent is a roughly 40-day period of Catholic devotion leading to the Christian spring festival of Good Friday and Easter

Jackson Heights Children’s Halloween Parade

Thursday, October 31, 2019
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ New York City’s biggest Halloween children’s parade marches down 37th Avenue

All you need to march in NYC’s Village Halloween Parade is a costume

Thu, October 31, 2019
GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC ~ All you need to march in this fun parade is a costume on Sixth Avenue

NYC Parks Life and Death Celebration: Día de los Muertos

Saturday, October 26, 2019
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn ~ NYC Parks holds a family celebration of Day of the Dead and Fall traditions at Hattie Carthan Community Market

Mano a Mano’s Day of the Dead celebration brings Mexican culture to life

Fri-Sun, October 25-27, 2019
EAST VILLAGE, NYC ~ Day of the Dead altar building, Mexican Marketplace, live music and Indigenous Aztec ceremony at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-bowery

Celebrate World Ballet Day with the world’s great ballet companies

Wed, October 23, 2019
The world’s leading ballet companies take you behind the scenes to see a day in the life of a professional ballet dancer on Facebook Live

Staten Island Day of the Dead Festival 2019

Sunday, October 20, 2019
WEST BRIGHTON, Staten Island ~ Help build a communal ofrenda (altar) and learn Mexican Day of the Dead handicrafts for the entire family with teaching artists at Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Benedicta School

Columbus Day Parade 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Grand Marshal Massimo Ferragamo leads over 100 marching groups, 24 parade floats, 35 vehicles and over 20 marching bands in this celebration of Italian-American heritage, culture and achievements

Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

Sun-Mon, October 7-8, 2018
RANDALLS ISLAND, NYC ~ The Red Hawk Native American Arts Council hosts New York City’s big Indigenous People Day celebration in Randall’s Island Park

Hispanic Day Parade 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Twenty-one countries from around the world celebrate our Hispanic Heritage on Fifth Avenue

African American Day Parade 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019
HARLEM, NYC ~ Melba Moore and the Orange Crush Roaring Lion Marching Band of Lincoln University lead the parade on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd

Central American Independence Parade & Festival 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019
CROTONA PARK EAST, The Bronx ~ This Honduran Garifuna parade marches from the Happy Land Memorial to a family festival in Crotona Park

Labor Day Parade 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Grand Marshal Elizabeth Shuler of the AFL-CIO leads the parade from 44th St and Fifth Avenue

Portugal Restoration of Independence Day ~ Guerra da Restauração

Sunday, December 1, 2019
LISBON, Portugal, ~ Nobles and merchants stage a coup against Spanish Hapsburg rule that begins the Portuguese Restoration War on December 1, 1640

J’Ouvert Parade 2019

Monday, September 2, 2019
PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn ~ The J’Ouvert Parade forms at Grand Army Plaza, marches through the Park, to Empire, and down Nostrand to Midwood St

Brazilian Day New York 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019
LITTLE BRAZIL, NYC ~ Celebrate Brazilian Independence with food, drink, live music and lots of Brazilians on Sixth Avenue at 46th St.

West Indian Day Parade 2019 NYC’s Labor Day Carnival

Thu-Mon, Aug 29-Sep 2, 2019
Reggae Afrobeats Soca
Summer Jam Youth Fest
Junior Carnival Parade
Panorama Steelband Championship
Dimanche Gras Carnival Sunday Party
VIP Breakfast
CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ The Brooklyn Museum and the Parade on Eastern Avenue turns the neighborhood into a Caribbean Carnival

Dominican Day Parade 2019 Desfile Dominicano ¡Quisqueya!

Sunday, August 11, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Share your Dominican Pride with 10,000 marchers on Sixth Avenue from 35th St to 56th St

Ecuadorian Parade New York 2019 Desfile Ecuatoriano

Sunday, August 4, 2019
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ New York City’s Ecuadorian Parade marches on Northern Blvd

Colombian Parade NYC 2019 ~ Desfile Colombiano New York ¡Cafeteros!

GALA Friday, July 26, 2019
PARADE & FESTIVAL Sunday, July 28, 2019
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ New York City’s celebration of our Colombian heritage includes a wreath laying, gala, parade and street fair after party

Peruvian Parade 2019 ~ Desfile Peruano

PAGEANT, Sun, July 7, 2019
GALA Thu, July 25, 2019
MASS & FLAG, Sat, July 27
PARADE & STREET FAIR Sunday, July 28, 2019
PASSAIC, New Jersey ~ The Peruvian Parade and Festival in Passaic, New Jersey is Metro New York’s big Peruvian independence celebration

Show your pride at the 2019 Disability Pride Parade and Festival

Sunday, July 14, 2019
UNION SQUARE, NYC ~ Parade down Broadway from Madison Square to the Disability Pride Festival at Union Square

Colombian Flower Festival Parade 2019

GALA Friday, July 12, 2019
PARADE Sunday, July 14, 2019
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ This Colombian flower festival is New York’s version of the Feria de las Flores (Flower Festival) in Medellín, Colombia

Celebrate Costa Rican Mother’s Day 2019

AUG 15: Costa Rica
OCT 20 (3rd Sun) Argentina
DEC 8: Panama
MAY 3 (1st Sun) Portugal, Romania & Spain
MAY 10: Mexico, Guatemala & El Salvador
MAY 10 (2nd Sun) U.S. & many countries
MAY 15: Paraguay
MAY 27: Bolivia
MAY 30: Nicaragua
MAY 31 (Last Sun) Dominican Republic & France

Argentinos en NY “Noche Argentina” cumbia & rock en español

Saturday, July 6, 2019
HELL’S KITCHEN, NYC ~ Celebrate Argentine Independence Day by dancing all night at this Argentine dance party

PrideFest 2019 LGBT street fair in the East Village

Sunday, June 30, 2019
LGBT Street Fair
EAST VILLAGE ~ NYC Pride’s annual street fair with StageFest, Mural Market, FoodFest & KidFest is headlined by Princess Nokia

NYC Pride Parade 2019 Stonewall 50

Sunday, June 30, 2019
LGBT Pride Parade

Queens Dominican Parade 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019
Dominican parade celebration
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ Show your Dominican pride

Paul Winter’s Summer Solstice at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Jazz live music concert
MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, NYC ~ Celebrate the dawn after the summer solstice

Mermaid Parade 2019 at Coney Island

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Cosplay parade
CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn ~ Scantily clad mermaids and mermen let it all hang out (almost)

National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2019 ¡Boricua!

Sunday, June 9, 2019
MIDTOWN to UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ America’s biggest cultural celebration is orgulloso Puertorriqueños (proud Puerto Ricans)

Portugal Day Festival and Portugal Day Parade in Newark, NJ

STREET FAIR Sat-Sun, Jun 8-9
PARADE Sun, Jun 9, 2019
NEWARK, New Jersey | Metro NYC’s big Portuguese celebration

152nd Street Cultural Festival celebrates Puerto Rican culture ¡Boricua!

WOODSTOCK, THE BRONX | Sat, May 25, 2019 | Puerto Rican street fair | The warm-up to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. FREE

Dance Parade New York 2019

FLATIRON, UNION SQUARE, EAST VILLAGE, NYC | Sat, May 18, 2019 | Dance parade & festival | African, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican & Spanish dances

Cinco de Mayo Parade 2019

UPPER WEST SIDE, NYC | Sun, May 5, 2019 | Mexican parade | NYC’s Mexican parade celebrates the many cultures that are Mexico. CANCELLED BY RAIN

RAMAS Festival ~ Rincón Alternative Music Art Surf

RINCÓN, PUERTO RICO; Fri-Sun Mar 22-24, 2019; Surfing art music festival ~ Big party for the surfers in Puerto Rico this weekend. Yellow Man, Pirulo y La Tribu and Fofé y Los Fetiches headline. “Ja man”

St Patrick’s Day Parade 2019

MIDTOWN & UPPER EAST SIDE; Sat, Mar 16, 2019; Irish French Spanish parade celebration ~ This day of Celtic pride includes Galician Spaniards and Brittany French

El Museo Three Kings Day Parade 2019

106th & LEXINGTON TO 115th & PARK & EL MUSEO, Fri, Jan 4, 2019 ~ Breakfast, Parade and a Celebration at the Museum. The faces of children holding the gift the Three Kings gave them is the best image of Christmas in New York.
# puerto rican christmas parade

Veterans Day Parade 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018
MIDTOWN TO UPPER EAST SIDE ~ Many Latins serve our country with honor and pride. Thank you for your service!

NYC Halloween Parade 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
SOHO TO CHELSEA ~ All you need to join this fabulous, friendly New York City Parade is to show up in costume

Queens Bolivian Day Parade 2018 Desfile Boliviano

Sunday, October 21, 2018
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ Celebrate our Indigenous heritage and freedom from slavery with our folkloric dances: Caporales, La Diablada, Morenada, Tinku and more on 37th Avenue

Hispanic Day Parade 2018 ~ Desfile de la Hispanidad

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Fifth Avenue
(44th to 69th Street)
Midtown – Upper East Side Manhattan
Argentine, Bolivian, Belizean, Chilean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Spanish, Uruguayan and Venezuelan cultures

Columbus Day Parade 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018
Fifth Avenue
(47th to 72nd St)
Midtown – Upper East Side, Manhattan
World’s biggest Italian – American celebration

Panamanian Day Parade and Street Fair 2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018
CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ The NYC Panamanian community’s pre-independence day celebration includes a parade and street fair

Queens Hispanic Day Parade 2018 celebrates our diverse heritage

Sunday, September 23, 2018
37th Avenue
Jackson Heights, Queens
Argentine, Bolivian, Belizean, Chilean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Spanish, Uruguayan and Venezuelan culture.

African American Day Parade 2018 ~ Culture is Key

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
From 111th St to 136th St
Harlem, Manhattan
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Feast of San Gennaro 2018, patron saint of Naples

September 13 – 23, 2018
LITTLE ITALY, NYC ~ This Italian street fair has lots of Italian food, entertainment, Cannoli-Eating Competition, Meatball-Eating Contest, Grand Procession, and a Solemn High Mass. Tourists and new New Yorkers love it.

Central American Independence Parade & Festival Honduran Garifuna

From Happy Land Fire Memorial
To Crotona Park
Tremont, The Bronx
Crotona Park, The Bronx
Sunday, September 9, 2018

West Indian Day Parade 2018 New York Caribbean Carnival

Brooklyn Museum
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Reggae | Afrobeats | Soca Unda Di Stars!
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Youth Fest
Brass Fest
Friday, August 31, 2018
Junior Carnival Parade
Steelband Panorama
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Dimanche Gras Grand Finale
Sunday, September 2, 2018
West Indian Day Parade
Eastern Parkway
Schenectady to Grand Army Plaza
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Monday, September 3, 2018

Brazilian Day New York 2018 is the biggest Brazilian festival outside Brazil

Little Brazil
Sixth Avenue and
46th St (between Fifth & Sixth Aves)
Midtown, Manhattan
Sunday, September 2, 2018

Dominican Day Parade 2018 ¡ Quisqueya !

Sunday, August 12, 2018
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ The largest Dominican community celebration in the United States

Ecuadorian Parade ~ Desfile Ecuatoriano de New York ~ Arts Fair

Sunday, August 5, 2018
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ The Ecuadorian Parade on Northern Blvd is NYC’s big Ecuadorian festival
Sunday, August 12, 2018
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, Queens ~ The Ecuadorian Arts Fair is in the Hall of Science

Peruvian Parade 2018 ~ Desfile Peruano

Sunday, July 29, 2018
PASSAIC & PATERSON, New Jersey ~ The biggest Peruvian festival in the U.S. includes a street fair and a parade

Colombian Parade 2018 ~ Desfile Colombiano New York ¡Cafeteros!

GALA Fri, July 20, 2018
WREATH Sat, July 21, 2018
MASS Sat, July 21, 2018
PARADE Sun, July 22, 2018
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ The Colombian Parade is New York City’s big Colombian Independence celebration

Bastille NYC ~ French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

60th Street
Fifth Avenue to Lexington
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Sunday, July 15, 2018

PrideFest 2018 is NYC Pride’s Street Fair

University Place
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pride Parade NYC 2018 Pride Week

Sunday, June 24, 2018
LGBT parade
Greenwich Village, Union Square, Flatiron & NoMad, Manhattan

Stand your ground at the NYC Pride Rally

Stonewall National Monument
Christopher Park
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Friday, June 22, 2018

116th Street Festival 2018 is a Puerto Rican Party!

Third Avenue
106th St to 122nd St
East Harlem, Manhattan
Saturday, June 9, 2018

2018 National Puerto Rican Day Parade Gala features salsero Ismael Miranda

Sheraton New York Times Square
Midtown, Manhattan
Friday, June 8, 2018

Israel Day Parade 2018 celebrates Jewish culture. Sababa!

Fifth Avenue from 57th-74th St
Midtown & Upper East Side, Manhattan
Sunday, June 3, 2018

Cuban Parade 2018 is Metro NYC’s big Cuban celebration

Bergenline Avenue
Hudson County, New Jersey
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Dance Parade 2018

FLATIRON, UNION SQUARE, VILLAGE, EAST VILLAGE | Sat, May 19, 2018 | African, Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, French, Haitian, Italian, Puerto Rican dances and more

Cinco de Mayo Parade 2018 celebrates Mexican culture

UPPER WEST SIDE NYC; Sun May 6, 2018; Mexican parade ~ Remember the Battle of Puebla and celebrate our Mexican-American heritage

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018

Western Ireland and northwestern Spain share a Celtic culture.
Fifth Avenue
Midtown & Upper East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Meet the Three Kings at Teatro SEA’s Three Kings Day and receive a gift

Teatro SEA
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
Lower East Side
Sunday, January 6, 2018