The 9th Edition of Florida’s Unique Brazilian Festival was embraced by the City of Fort Lauderdale and held December 12-13 at the Huizenga Park, in Fort Lauderdale. The annual Brazilian Festival was co-founded in 2012 by festival organizer Luciano Sameli and former Pompano Beach Mayor, Lamar Fisher, as a way to celebrate Pompano Beach’s vibrant Brazilian community and foster community across cultures. Since then, the festival has become the largest in Florida, Pompano Beach’s Landmark, an anticipated annual event, attracting crowds from other states, and headlining internationally recognized celebrity performers. Last year the festival was headlined by Iza, a Brazilian pop powerhouse who was nominated for a 2018 Latin Grammy award, and icons of Brazil’s Pop Music such as Elba Ramalho, who won two Latin Grammy awards and was nominated for six. Marcelo D2, Cidade Negra, and Paralamas do Sucesso have also performed at the Festival. In 2019, The Annual Brazilian Festival invested $232,000 in Brazilian Suppliers, Contractors, and Labor. In eight years, the festival provided 3200 temporary indirect jobs, generated more than $40,000 to local institutions, contracted services from approximately 267 local businesses, and helped more than 2100 local exhibitors with brand exposure, generating more than $800,000 for Local Food Vendors.