Carnaval Exotica Brings Dancing, Drinking, and Brazilian Street Food to Club Nokia

Scantily-clad dancers, live music, a parade, and caipirinhas? Sounds like a party to us.

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Photograph by Raul Roa

Brazil’s world famous Carnaval festivities were held in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador da Bahia, Pernambuco, and other cities in the northeast this past February 8-14. While Carnaval is held throughout the world—including our own Mardi Gras in New Orleans—Brazil puts down a spectacle of music, dance, sexuality, beauty, and majesty that’s without peer.

I watched jealously from afar on Globo, a Brazilian cable TV channel. They broadcast the Carnaval competitions between various samba schools in Rio and São Paulo, respectively, and they televise the trio elétrico (Bahia parade bands) and their marchers blast axé rhythms down the streets of Bahia. In case you didn’t go to Brazil—or don’t have Globo—the 13th Annual “Brazilian Carnaval: Exotica” is taking place at Nokia Live on Saturday, March 2.

The competitions at the sambadromos (samba stadiums) are amazing, but the blocos, or block parties are where the real party explodes, most famously in the neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro. The Carnaval Exotica’s bloco party will have some of L.A.’s own titillating samba dance stars, with live music by Bloco Nove, Katia Moraes, and Chalo Eduardo’s All Star Band.

You can’t dance uninhibited without some liquid encouragement, but worry not! Plenty of Leblon cachaça (a sugarcane-based spirit hailing from Brazil) will be on hand for caipirinhas. Can’t samba? There will be lessons at the beginning of the event to loosen up those hips, and the aforementioned caipirinhas will do the rest.

In addition to dancing and drinking, Carnaval is all about Brazilian street food. Cachorro quentes (Brazilian-style hot dogs) with stick fries and a variety of toppings, and salgadinhos (little savories): coxinhas (chicken croquettes), kibes (Lebanese beef and bulgur wheat croquettes popular in Brazil), pão de queijo (cheese bread), and much more will be served at Carnaval Exotica for $3 to $5 each.


13th Annual ‘Brazilian Carnaval: Exotica’ at Nokia Live
Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tickets: $45 general admission (standing room only) & 65 for preferred seating; increases to $52.50 and $75, respectively, if purchased at the door. 


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  1. Mariana Petri

    February 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    BIG MISTAKE made by the Los Angeles Magazine to NOT have the names of the main singers who will be headlining the 2013 Carnaval Exotica, Andréa Ferraz (seen it the photo) and Renni Flores. Instead the article gives credit to a singer, Katia Moraes, who is not even in the line-up or the promotional posters, WHY? The readers who don’t know Andréa Ferraz, looking at her the gorgeous picture taken by Raul Roa, will confuse her for Katia Moraes and it is a BIG MISTAKE that should be corrected immediately. I think this article should be reposted with the CORRECT talent information and the singer Andrea Ferraz’s name under her picture. This should be an AMAZING event and I look forward to hearing my favorite Brazilian singer, Andréa Ferraz, shine at the Nokia stage once again and for the third year consecutively!!!

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