On Sept. 7, the Brazilian community in Missouri was finally able to celebrate their homeland’s Independence Day properly — with a big street party!
The first-ever Brasil Day St. Louis was the brainchild of Moacyr Marchini, who’s been bringing Brazilian music to the Mound City for over 20 years. “Brazilian families came out in droves to enjoy the festivities, but there were people of all ethnicities,” he says. “We estimate that attendance was between 600 and 800, and we’re already planning more activities for next year’s festival.”
Photos by Maureen Corley, Lemya Sidki, Viva Brasil, Maria Josenilda Calcott and others; article originally published in our previous website, Brazil in the Midwest