Heritage Celebrations

Heritage Celebrations

New York City is home to some of the world's most vibrant ethnic communities. MOSPCE's events are designed to embrace and celebrate the rich cultural tapestry that shapes our city. Each year, the Mayor hosts celebrations to highlight the diversity and civic contributions of New York's many heritage groups.

Here is a sampling from some of our annual heritage celebrations:

Attorney General Lynch was honored at the Black History Month Reception for being the first African American female attorney general

Black History Month Reception

February 22, 2018
Hosted by the Museum of Natural History, this year's Black History Month Reception honored the work and contributions of Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Learn more about the Black History Month Reception

Mayor and First Lady on stage participating in Diwali celebration at Gracie Mansion

Diwali Heritage Reception

October 22, 2017
Each year, the Mayor and First Lady welcome New York City's South Asian and Indo-Caribbean community to Gracie Mansion in honor of Diwali, the festival of lights.

Learn more about the Diwali Celebration

Mayor Bill de Blasio on stage speaking to crowd at Jewish Heritage Event

Jewish Heritage Event

June 27, 2017

Read the 2016 Jewish Heritage Event transcript

Speaker Mark-Viverito, Mayor de Blasio and Laurie Hernandez pose for photo with proclamation

Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration

June 7, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito welcomed the New York's Puerto Rican community to Gracie Mansion for a special celebration recognizing the contributions of the Puerto Rican community to New York, especially those of honorees Luna Lauren Vélez and Laurie Hernandez.

Learn more about the Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration
Watch the 2016 Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration Video

Actor Hasan Minhaj receives proclamation from Mayor de Blasio and smile in photo together

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Reception

May 10, 2017
In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted a reception and ceremony to recognize the Asian-Pacific American community's contributions to New York City. The event honored Hasan Minhai in recognition for his long-standing commitment to New York City and the Asian-Pacific American community.

Learn more about the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Reception

Mayor de Blasio standing in front of crowd being honored

Greek Independence Reception

March 21, 2017
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America honored Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and many distinguished guests with a ceremonious invocation and remarks at the 2016 Greek Independence Reception at Gracie Mansion.

Watch the 2017 Greek Independence Reception Video
Read the 2016 Greek Independence Reception transcript
Watch the Greek Independence Reception Video