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CARNAVAL TIME! Several options in the Bay Area for all ages!

47th Brazilian Carnaval Ball in SF
47th Brazilian Carnaval Ball in SF
by Tuka de Oliveira

Today starts Carnaval in Brazil, with the parade of escolas de samba (school of samba) in São Paulo and several parties throughout the country. Tomorrow, before dawn, the Galo da Madrugada (Dawn Rooster) bloco comes out in Recife, starting four days of party everywhere.

In very, very general lines, Carnaval (not carnival, as many say, argh!) was born in the middle age as a pagan celebration named carnevale (flesh is ok, in a free translation), right before Lent when the fasting and all sin expiations take place according to the Catholic tradition, ending in the Easter. People dressed in masks not to be recognized and sinned as much as they could, hence this image of sexual freedom and alcohol without limits.

In Brazil, still majoritarily Catholic, Carnaval arrived with the Portuguese and through time took its very own Brazilian identity. Yes, alcohol and sex are in it, but I assure you that Carnaval is much, much, much, much more than that. And never ever let the sterotyped image you have of Brazil dictate your behavior there: you would be deadly wrong! Moreover, never ever think that all Brazilians like Carnaval: that's another myth.

All that said, you dont need to be in Brazil to experience Carnaval. Right here in the Bay Area you have four wonderful opportunities to dance and sing and have fun Brazilian style.

Tomorrow, at the Roccapulco, the Brazilian Carnaval Ball 2014”. Traditional ball in San Francisco, you can dance under the authentic music of Carnaval, drink Brazilian. drinks and eat Brazilian food (for sale inside). Relax and have fun! 21 years old and up. PLAYING LIVE: SOTAQUE BAINO BAND, FOGO NA ROUPA GROUP, AQUARELA SAMBA DANCERS and DJS KBLO AND ELLEN

For a family fun, in San Jose, at the Bacalhau Grill and Trade Rite Market, LEO BRASIL is promoting the " Noite de Carnaval no Bacalhau". Reserve your table and come dressed up in your favorite costume. This is a family ball, you can bring your children. Playing live LEO BRASIL AND BAND

On Sunday, the Contadores de Estórias promote its already traditional annual carnaval ball for kids “Esquentando os Tamborins”. All families from Bay Area are invited. Bring your children in costume for the contest. Carnaval music, confetti & serpentina, like Brazil! From 2:00 to 4:00 at Capoerira Mandinga in Oakland.

On Next tuesday, Fat Tuesday, you can have fun at the “B-Wax Carnaval Fat Tuesday” at the Elbo Room, another already traditional Brazilian party in San Francisco, with authentic Brazilian music and much more. Performing live SF Carnaval Champions "FOGO NA ROUPA", live batucada accompanied by their beautiful Samba Dancers and the screams of "GO FOGO GO FOGO GO!" reverberating from the crowd. Featuring superstar Fito Reinoso and guitarist Gabriel Navia, FOGO once again bring their unequalled bateria stage show to our party. Special Guest DJ Elan (BRAZA!) will bring a mix of sounds of Samba, Funk, Batucada, MPB, Broken Beat etc and Resident DJ Carioca (BWax) will be dropping Beats Carnavalescos and keeping the dancefloor on the right temperature. .

Take note:

Leo Brasil e Banda - Carnaval no Bacalhau
Saturday, March 1st
From 7:30pm to 11:30 pm
$7.00 cover
Bacalhau Grill & Trade Rite Market
1555 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, California 95116

Brazilian Carnaval Ball 2014
Celebrating 47 years of tradition and authenticity
Saturday, March 1st
From 9pm
At Club Roccapulco
3140 Mission Street, San Francisco
21 and over
Tickets online at:

Contadores de Estórias - Esquentando os tamborins
Sunday, March 2nd
From 2 to 4 pm
At Capoeira Mandinga
4137 Piedmont Ave. Oakland, CA 94611

BWAX Carnaval Fat Tuesday
Tuesday, March 4th
From 9:30 pm to 1:30 am
Elbo Room
647 Valencia St, San Francisco, California 94110

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