On Saturday, February 11, SalsaBoston, Moves & Vibes and Europeans Worldwide in Boston will present a Brazilian Carnival celebration of culture, music and dance at the Courtyard Marriot in Cambridge. The event will feature live Brazilian music by Marcos Santos and Bloco Afro-Brazil Band, performances by stilt-walkers and samba dancers, dance lessons and a live DJ set.

The event also invites attendees to participate in Traffic Light Party, a popular Brazilian party game in which each guest dresses in colors to represent their relationship status, according to the event website. Green means «single–looking to meet someone»; yellow means «single–looking for a good time»; and red means «taken–not looking to hook up».

The Brazilian Carnival in Rio, Brazil is an annual festival that takes place four days before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of lent. The purpose of carnival is to «bid farewell to some pleasures of the flesh,» said the event website. Carnival originated in Europe, but over the years it has integrated various traditions from North America and Africa. Brazilians prepare their carnival costumes six to eight months in advance before the carnival.

«This is your chance to experience it all in one night: learn to samba, dance to the drums of the Macos Santos and Bloco AfroBrazil band, dress to impress–wear masks, hats, feathers–or nothing and join in the spirit of carnival!» said the event website.

Activities include:

9:15-10 pm: Samba Class by Moves & Vibes–come early for a chance to learn to dance to a carnival music

10-11pm: Live music by Marcus Santos and Bloco AfroBrazil

11-11:30pm: Stilt walker performance by Gina De

11:30pm-12:30am: Samba dancers performance and Santos Rhythm

12:30-2am: Incredible DJ EZ–dance like Brazilians do…all night long!
You can purchase tickets online ($25-$35) or with cash at the door ($45). Masks and beads will be available for sale at the door. There will be free parking in the hotel parking lot.

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