CARNAVAL BRASILEIRO

April 21, 2008 at 3:37 am Leave a comment

Gaby Chabolla / Adelante
Volume II, Issue 2 (March 2008)

Clad in everything from glitter and fancy fabric to body paint on their bare skin, more than 5,000 partygoers from around the country streamed into the Palmer Conventions Center Feb. 2 for a night of celebration Brazilian style.

Begun in Austin in 1975 by homesick Brazilian students on an abroad program, Carnaval Braseleiro was first celebrated in a small room of the Austin Unitarian Church with only 200 attendees.

Years later, the carnival hasn’t lost its frenzied flavor, and 9 p.m. swung in with the deep thud of drums, the clank of wood and the clatter of metal. It was the band of the Acadêmicos da Opera Samba School, along with its hip-moving, shoulder-shaking, white-tennis-shoed dancers. This year’s theme: Madame Butterfly.

Their musical performance moved to an assortment of sounds, tulle butterfly wings flapping bright blue and beats timed by the dancers’ white sneakers. Having warmed things up, the group cleared the dance floor, giving way to the band, Beleza Brazil. You could almost feel the Brazilian breeze.

Costumes colored the night—pantless grandpas, pink-headed women with tambourines, television appliances on legs and dozens of electric masks. Crowd grew denser throughout the night, and the music Austin’s biggest party is known for—never stopped.

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