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:

Honoree Michael J. Dowling and Mayor Bill de Blasio holding the proclamation gifted to Michael J. Dowling.

St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

March 16, 2019
Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed New York City's Irish community to Gracie Mansion for a reception celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

Learn more about the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast


Mayor Bill de Blasio at the podium speaking to the guests.

Black History Month Reception

February 19, 2019
In celebration of Black History Month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted a reception at the American Museum of Natural History.

Learn more about the Black History Month Reception


I Hear You Listening Session in celebration of Kwanzaa

I Hear You Listening Session in celebration of Kwanzaa

December 18, 2018
For the first time at Gracie Mansion, First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted an I Hear Your Listening Session in celebration of Kwanzaa.

Learn more about the I Hear You Listening Session in celebration of Kwanzaa


Diwali Reception 2018

Diwali Reception 2018

November 20, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, with New York City's South Asian community.

Learn more about the Diwali Reception 2018


Latinx Reception in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

Latinx Reception in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

October 9, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted a reception in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Italian Heritage Reception 2018

Italian Heritage Reception 2018

October 4, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray brought the Italian community together at Gracie Mansion to celebrate Italian heritage and honor author and actress, Jennifer Esposito.

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African Heritage Reception 2018

African Heritage Reception 2018

September 26, 2018
Singer, actress, and activist Tsidii Le Loka was honored for her achievements by Mayor Bill de Blasio at Gracie Mansion.

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Dominican Heritage Reception 2018

West Indian American and Caribbean American Heritage Reception 2018

August 28, 2018
The largest West Indian and Caribbean community outside the West Indies came together to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Caribbean at Gracie Mansion.

Learn more about the West Indian American and Caribbean American Heritage Reception


Dominican Heritage Reception 2018

Dominican Heritage Reception 2018

August 9, 2018
New York's Dominican community came together at Gracie Mansion to celebrate their culture and heritage and the achievements of Prince Royce.

Learn more about the Dominican Heritage Reception


Jewish Heritage Reception 2018

Jewish Heritage Reception 2018

June 26, 2018
The Mayor and First Lady welcomed New York City's Jewish community and honored comedian MODI at this year's annual celebration.

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Puerto Rican Heritage Reception 2018

Puerto Rican Heritage Reception 2018

June 7, 2018
Ricky Martin was honored at the Puerto Rican Heritage Reception by Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray at Gracie Mansion.

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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

May 10, 2018
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.

Learn more about the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Reception


Mayor de Blasio points to the text of the Proclamation while Olympia Dukakis looks on.

Greek Independence Day Reception

March 20, 2018
New York City's Greek community was welcomed to Gracie Mansion for a reception celebrating Greek Independence Day.

Learn more about the Greek Independence Day Reception