Fortunately they had three separate ways to celebrate, and one is yet in the future. Thus, I found an excuse to write my article and, hopefully, be better prepared next year.
Further Promotional Consideration for Brazil Day Festivities in Toronto
A Writing Tip from Brazil Independence Day
The repeated idea is to stay alert for potential themes for your own writing. Keep your eyes open in your neighbourhood, chat with people, and consume the news!
However, the regular news may not give you much warning. I hadn't heard about the Brazil Day Festival at Yonge-Dundas until the party was already running. Yet I'd checked off a number of other events I'd publicized, such as the Labour Day Parade, as they came up.
Regardless, even if it seems too late to meet your own deadlines, check out the topic anyway.
You might still find an angle for your article. If you cover scientific discoveries, and you miss a scoop...what if you ask your contacts for their sober second thoughts?
In this case, I found an event yet in the future...which is my self-determined mandate. (I let other people review events that have already happened; my preference is to help people make plans).
So keep alert for topics; the trite "better late than never" did apply to my Brazilian Festival article.