History


The Brazilian Independence Day Festival, organized by a volunteer committee, is the largest gathering event of the Brazilian community in New England. All events are free and open to the public. The Festival is a project of the Brazilian Women’s Group, and is supported by the Consulate General of Brazil in Boston and the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers - MAPS.

 

The Brazilian Independence Day Festival has become a tradition highly anticipated by many, not only in the Brazilian community, but among other groups in the Boston area. It is indeed unique within the community, in scope and diversity of the population represented. All events are open to the general public and there is no cost associated with attendance. The Festival is widely covered by the Brazilian media, local and international, as well as the American press, reaching out to communities across the Commonwealth. The Festival is fun, informative, creative, and we also want it to be a civic engagement day. Several community organizations, such as Jobs with Justice, the MIRA Coalition, the Immigrant Workers Centers Collaborative (IWCC), Voices Against Violence, St. Anthony’s Allston-Brighton Community Center, the Brazilian Immigrant Center, the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers, Bikes not Bombs, and institutions such as Children Hospital, the NE Aquarium and the Science Museum among many others participate in the Outdoor Festival.

 

Background information:
Discovered by Portugal in 1500, Brazil remained a colony for 322 years and proclaimed its independence on September 7th, 1822. Contrary to the other Latin-American nations, Brazilian’s independence was conquered through a colonial liberation war. In 1808, as Napoleon's armies began the invasion of Portugal, the monarch and his court were transferred to Rio de Janeiro. The establishment of the royal administration in the colony for a period of 14 years, and Brazil’s elevation in 1815 from the status of a colony to that of a United Kingdom with Portugal, among other events, accelerated the march towards independence. On September 7, 1822, fearing a return to the condition of colony intended by the Courts of Lisbon after Napoleon's defeat and Portugal's liberation, Prince Dom Pedro I proclaimed Brazil’s Independence.