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How to put on your Brazilian party

12:24 12 June 2014

Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: Nelson Antoine

Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: Nelson Antoine

Couldn’t afford the flight to Rio but still want the Samba experience?

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Here’s our guide to putting on the perfect Brazilian party while you enjoy tonight’s entertainment.

• Music

A Brazilian party wouldn’t be a Brazilian party without Samba music and dancing. Arising from Rio’s favelas, this is one of Brazil’s best known exports and can be accompanied by a whole manner of instruments including classical guitars, saxophones, and the Cuíca (a type of Brazilian drum).

• Clothing

Carmen Miranda costume – Based on the Brazilian Samba singer and dancer of the 40s and 50s, this is a multi-coloured dress, often accompanied by a turban decorated with plastic fruit and feathers. For gentlemen, Bombachas – These are a type of baggy trouser, originally worn by cowboys, and are accompanied by a poncho and straw hat.

• Drinks

Caipirinha – Made with sugar, lime and cachaça (a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice) is Brazil’s national cocktail.

Guaraná Antarctica – A non-alcoholic option, this is the country’s most popular soft drink and is made from guaraná, a type of fruit native to Brazil.

• Food

Pastels – These are deep-fried pastry pies and can come with a variety of fillings including mozzarella, chicken, and ground meat.

Feijoada – This famous Brazilian dish is a stew made from beans, beef, and pork. Usually served with rice along with assorted sausages.

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