Carnaval Brasileiro To Celebrate 37th Year in February
1/21/2014 11:59:00 AM
Carnaval Brasileiro, one of Austin's longest running festivals and the largest indoor Brazilian Mardi Gras celebration in the world, will celebrate its 37th year on Saturday, February 1st at the Palmer Events Center.
For over three decades, Carnaval has been an exotic flurry of colorful costumes, heart-pumping samba music, and thousands of enthusiastic attendees. And for nine of those years, a performance by the Austin Samba School/Acadêmicos da Ópera has been part of the experience. This year, the School will be returning for a tenth appearance.
The Austin Samba School is the largest Rio-style school of samba in the US, with 160 drummers and dancers, and is also the only such group to adopt the traditional "enredo" or theme that establishes their costuming, dance routines, etc. for their Carnaval performances. Past themes have included The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and Aida, and this year's will be Black Orpheus.
Adding to the overall experience, this year the School of Samba will be pairing with select players from the Westlake High School band's horn section for the second year in a row, in order to balance out their performance's sound.
The party starts at 8PM on the first, so be sure not to miss one of Austin's most vibrant events!
A clip of the Austin Samba School/Acadêmicos da Ópera's performance at the 2012 Carnaval can be viewed below.