2016 Carnaval Brasileiro
Texas, and all its iconic splendor, will be the focus of 2016‘s Carnaval Brasileiro, one of Austin’s longest running and most spectacular annual traditions. Lauded as the largest indoor Brazilian Mardi Gras celebration anywhere on the globe, Carnaval is gearing up for its 39th year.
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.
While not required, guests are encouraged to attend Carnaval in costume. Revelers are typically bedecked in anything from gorgeous, traditional Brazilian costumes, to the bizarre conceptions you might expect from Weird Austin. Many enhance their enjoyment by assembling a group, either from their neighborhood or other affiliation, and costume identically, or thematically, which Brazilians call a bloco. Face and body painting will also be available onsite for a nominal fee.
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.