How to put on your Brazilian party

Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school parade during carnival celebrations at

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 - Credit: AP

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

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).

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• Clothing

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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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