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Photo: Jane Ceron

The 8th Annual Brazilian Day San Diego, Street Fair and Parade are the largest Brazilian Festival in the United States, just after Brazilian Day New York, attracting nearly 50,000 attendees annually. This year Terra.com will debut the event online to 19 countries including the U.S., Spain, and others countries throughout Latin America.

The Brazilian Day San Diego will once again bring the spirit of Brazil to the heart of San Diego’s iconic beach town, Pacific Beach or simple “PB”. This year of 2015, the event take place, Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 11am until 7pm, between Bayard St. and Everts St. in Pacific Beach, just one block from the beach, on five blocks of the lively Garnet Avenue. The parade is scheduled to happen from 3 to 4pm.

The event provides a day for the entire community to come together to embrace the cultural flavors, sounds, and arts of Brazil. It is free to the public in general and provides activities and entertainment for the whole family. Children will enjoy a kids’ zone with face painting, inflatable’s, and activities led by “Nos de Chita”, a performing arts group that involves children in storytelling, body percussion, and games.

The taste of Brazil brings savory favorites like churrasco (Brazilian BBQ) and feijoada (the traditional black bean stew), natural wonders like the typical açai bowl and your favorites Brazilian appetizers such as the yummy “Coxinha”. Vendor displaying arts, crafts and souvenirs is always present. Non-stop entertainment will take place on two stages with energetic music and spectacular dance ensembles.

The highlight of the festival is the parade, inspired by the quintessential carnival parades that take place each year throughout the diverse regions of Brazil. The Garnet Avenue transforms into a stage filled with vibrant floats, extravagant costumes, and contagious rhythms. The theme for the 2015 parade is: The Olympic Spirit, and Rio de Janeiro, as the proud host of the 2016 Summer Games. Brazilian Day San Diego is produced by Brazilian Institute for Arts and Culture, a 501 (c) (3) local non-profit organization – www.braziliandaysandiego.com.

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