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Bigger-than-ever Vancouver Brazilian Day event approved, cancelled

Each year the free event draws thousands
Brazilian Day in Vancouver has been happening for a few years and grows each year.

Earlier this year the Consulate General of Brazil in Vancouver received approval from the Vancouver parks board for a Brazillian Day event that would have been bigger than any previous iteration.

The annual event happens early in September to celebrate the South American country's independence day; in the past thousands have attended, with an estimated 8,000 guests in 2022 at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Due to its size, the consulate proposed moving Brazilian Day's festivities to David Lam Park.

"In order to accommodate additional growth in 2023 and future years, the organizers of the Brazilian Day festival are seeking to relocate the event to a larger venue within the same geographic region of the city," reads a report on the event for the parks board's June 26 meeting.

However, earlier this month, the consulate announced the event had been cancelled for 2023 altogether.

"We hope to resume this great celebration embraced by our community at an opportune time, we count on everyone's understanding and thank you for the support given in the last three successful editions," reads a translated message on the consulate's Facebook page.

In an email to V.I.A., the consulate noted that the 2023 event was planned to be much larger and more complex than ever before and new help was needed. Additionally, the budget for the new event grew and new financial support was also needed.

They explain that with the short planning period, the logistical and financial support needed for the expanded event couldn't be lined up and so the decision was made to cancel Brazilian Day for 2023 and bring it back in 2024.

"We are positive and hopeful that next year's event will be a success," states the consulate.