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Latincouver brings its Brazilian Carnaval to Granville Island

Brazilian Carnaval
Brazilian Carnaval offers family-friendly activities in the day, followed by a sultry night of adult fun.

The largest street carnival in the world will end on Saturday (February 17) in Rio de Janeiro. But there’s still an opportunity for Metro Vancouver residents to enjoy a similar experience without hopping on a plane to South America. That’s because Latincouver is producing the all-day and evening Brazilian Carnaval at Performance Works on Granville Island.

Brazilian Carnaval will take place on Saturday (February 17) to coincide with the annual festival in Rio.

“Everything we do is dedicated to creating greater community, cultural bonds and understanding between Canadian and Latin cultures,” Latincouver executive director Paola Murillo says in a news release. “Brazilian Carnaval is a signature event that we are proud to bring to life on Granville Island, making it accessible to everyone and warming up winter in Vancouver, no matter how chilly the weather may be!”

According to Latincouver, Brazilian Carnaval is split into two segments.

A “family-friendly daytime experience” will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids can experience magic and circus shows, Caretta de Furacão street performers, and a Bailinho de Carnaval dance party. In addition, they can participate in face-painting and a costume competition. The afternoon show winds up with a headline performance by the percussive band Coletivo Batucada Abrace.

Tickets are $20 for a single child, $15 per child for two children, or $10 per child for three or more children. This allows entry for two adult parents or guardians.

Brazilian Carnaval
Latincouver always aims to present culturally authentic experiences to Metro Vancouver residents.

Carnaval includes party for adults

That will be followed by a “sultry celebration for adults at the Brazilian Carnaval Night Party”. This celebration will run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $35 and musical acts will include Sambacouver, Menilson and his Meni Axé Band, and the Brejera band with Camila Louzada (Bom Tom) and Nando Aguir.

In addition, DJ Lu will heat up the dance floor.

Because it’s a Brazilian Carnaval Night Party, organizers encourage celebrants to wear costumes. Just like in Rio, there will be a costume competition. That’s in addition to face-painting stations for the adults.

In Latin American countries, carnivals typically include parades and public street parties. And many folks arrive in elaborate costumes and masks before indulging in food, drinking, and partying in advance of Lent.

During Lent, the opposite occurs. Members of many Christian denominations curtail consumption of animal products. Furthermore, they’re expected to repent for past sins and consider what steps they need to take to advance spiritually.

Brazilian Carnaval takes place on Saturday (February 17) at Performance Works on Granville Island. Follow Pancouver Twitter @PancouverMedia and on Instagram @PancouverMedia.

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Pancouver editor Charlie Smith has worked as a Vancouver journalist in print, radio, and television for more than three decades.

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