Carnaval Brasileiro in Austin revs up for Feb. 20, 2009

Posted on December 11, 2009

CarnavalPhoto240wideAustin’s annual “Carnaval Brasileiro,” is gearing up for its 33rd year as the largest indoor Brazilian Mardi Gras celebration anywhere on the globe, to take place this year on February 20, 2010 at Austin’s Palmer Events Center. The irresistible pulse of samba drums, an endless parade of exotic costumes, and the uninhibited euphoria of over 6,000 attendees have established this Brazilian style festival as one of the most eagerly anticipated blowouts on the area’s social calendar.

Flown in from New York. “Beleza Brazil”  is making their seventh appearance. The band has  performed at countless carnavals up and down the East Coast and is regularly voted the “Best Brazilian Band in the USA” by the Brazilian International Press Association. Veterans of Rio’s famous carnaval parades, these ten Brazilian-born musicians have played individually with everyone from Baden Powell and Marvin Gaye to Sun Ra and David Byrne, but in Austin, they present an authentic mix of traditional rhythms: samba, frevo, marchinha, bloco-afro and more via their battery of pounding, sensual drums.

Austin’s local Rio-style Samba School, the Acadêmicos da Opera, with 35 drummers and 15 dancers, all in elaborate opera-themed costumes, will be making their sixth Carnaval presentation. Their up-close and personal performances—in the middle of the dance floor—electrify enthusiastic Carnaval throngs with an authentic taste of the real deal from Rio.

Carnaval Brasileiro began in the early 1970s to offer UT’s Brazilian students a nostalgic dose of their homeland’s legendary festivities, and is now a local institution attracting partygoers from all over the United States. Flamboyant, often scanty costumes, throbbing Brazilian samba, and the uninhibited, spirited atmosphere have earned this Carnaval its reputation as the premier such festivity in the USA.

A portion of the proceeds from Carnaval will benefit the Austin Sunshine Camps, a non-profit organization which provides not only free summer camps for Austin at-risk kids, but year-round mentoring and leadership programs.

For more information about Austin Carnaval: 512-452-6832, or log onto

For more information about “Beleza Brazil” carnaval band, click here.

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  1. Mike Quinn says:

    Sounds like a great party! Can’t wait !!!!

  2. Cantaloupe Productions says:

    I’ve been there and it IS a great party!