One of Austin’s longest-running and most spectacular annual traditions is gearing up for its 37th year. Carnaval, lauded as the largest indoor Brazilian Mardi Gras celebration anywhere on the globe, explodes at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Austin’s Palmer Events Center.
An epic evening with the infectiously danceable 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 anticipated fêtes on area calendars.
The Austin Samba School is the largest Rio-style escola de samba in the US: 160 drummers in dancers. They are also the only such group to adopt the traditional “enredo” or theme, which establishes the costuming, dance routines, etcetera for their Carnaval performance. Past themes have included Aida, The Wizard of Oz, The Pirates of Penzance and Alice in Wonderland. This year’s theme is the film Black Orpheus…their show and costumes are inspired by the music and characters in that film…the story will be portrayed in samba! If you close your eyes during their Carnaval show, you could imagine yourself in the middle of Carnaval in Rio!
To augment the drummers, they will bring in a horn section of select players from Westlake High School, the second year these kids will have performed at Carnaval.