The City’s ethnic diversity is reflected in its special ethnic days, festivals and parades. The Elizabeth Latin Carnival is held in early September, and draws crowds in excess of 250,000 people. Various flag raisings are celebrated by the Mayor’s Office and the Elizabeth Public Library, for Colombians, Peruvians, Italians, Polish, Irish and more. Portugal Day and Julyfest are special festival days, and African-American History month are also widely celebrated at many of the City’s institutions.
Every year, the City introduces the Tour De Elizabeth, an annual bike tour of the entire City that occurs the Sunday before Memorial Day.