In 2012 and 2013, I served as vice-president of Brasil Fest Chicago, the first (and thus far only) Brazilian culture festival in the Windy City.
The first edition of the festival was a one-day, rain-drenched event, but the response of the Brazilian-American community was enthusiastic enough that we were able to give it another go, with significant support from the Brazilian Consulate in Chicago. And Brasil Fest 2013 was a huge hit, with an estimated 30,000 in attendance, according to promoter StarEvents.
The enormous workload and challenging funding environment prevented me from attempting a third Brasil edition. But organizing this event afforded me an invaluable experience, in addition to loads of personal pride.