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:

Diwali Reception 2018

Diwali Reception

October 21, 2019
Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights, with New York City's South Asian American and Caribbean American community.

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Two guests dancing on the lawn at Gracie Mansion.

Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Reception

October 15, 2019
New York City’s Latinx & Hispanic community was welcomed to Gracie Mansion to celebrate with Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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I Giullari Di Piazza playing on stage at the Italian Heritage Reception.

Italian Heritage Reception

October 10, 2019
Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray celebrate Italian heritage with New York City’s members of the Italian-American community.

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African Heritage Reception

African Heritage Reception

September 26, 2019
New York City's African community gathers at Gracie Mansion to celebrate African heritage with Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray.

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


West Indian American and Caribbean American Heritage Reception

West Indian American and Caribbean American Heritage Reception

August 27, 2019
Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray celebrate West Indian American and Caribbean American heritage with community members at Gracie Mansion.

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Dominican Heritage Reception 2019

Dominican Heritage Reception

August 8, 2019
Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed New York City's Dominican community to Gracie Mansion to celebrate Dominican heritage.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on stage with Joel Grey who is holding his proclamation

Jewish Heritage Reception

June 13, 2019
Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed New York City's Jewish community to Gracie Mansion to celebrate Jewish heritage.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Honoree Regina Spektor in the Parlor.

Russian Speaking American Community Reception

June 11, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio honored Regina Spektor at the Russian Speaking American Community Reception held at Gracie Mansion.

Learn more about the Russian Speaking American Community Reception


Guests dancing at the Puerto Rican Heritage Reception at Gracie Mansion.

Puerto Rican Heritage Reception

June 6, 2019
New York City's Puerto Rican community enjoyed an evening at Gracie Mansion with the Mayor and First Lady.

Learn more about the Puerto Rican Heritage Reception


Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

May 9, 2019
Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted a reception to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and honor the Asian-Pacific American community contributions to New York City.

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Jin Park on the stage at the podium making remarks.

Immigrant Heritage Week Reception

April 16, 2019
In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Week, New York City’s immigrant community enjoyed an evening at Gracie Mansion with Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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In honor of Greek Independence Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted a reception to recognize the significant contributions the Greek community has made to New York City

Greek Independence Day Reception

March 19, 2019
In honor of Greek Independence Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted a reception to recognize the significant contributions the Greek community has made to New York City.

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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.

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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