Brazilian Street Carnaval

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Brazilian Street Carnaval
SambaLá Samba School parades in 2010 in the Brazilian Street Carnaval
Status inactive
Genre Annual Brazilian Carnaval Parade and Shows
Frequency Annually
Venue City Place Shopping and Promenade
Location(s) Long Beach, California
Country United States
Years active 14
Inaugurated September 12, 1996
Founder SambaLá Samba School
Most recent September 14, 2010
Participants 200
Attendance 5000
Capacity 8000
Leader David de Hilster
Website (domain has been redirected)

The Brazilian Street Carnaval was an annual Brazilian outdoor festival produced by SambaLá Samba School that occurred annually in Long Beach California in the month of September to celebrate the independence of Brazil.


The Brazilian Street Carnaval was a response to the fact that the Long Beach Carnaval ceased production in 1995 leaving SambaLá Samba School without a venue to parade. The SambaLá Samba School directorate decided to create their own street festival and in 1996, created the first Brazilian Street Carnaval.

In 2001, the festival was schedule to occur on September 15, 2001 when on Tuesday, the United States was rocked by the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. The directors of the event along with the City of Long Beach, postponed the event for a month.

Like all samba schools, SambaLá Samba School wrote songs and honors celebrities both local and international.

General Operation

The event took place on Sunday in downtown Long Beach, moving year by year depending on the moving landscape. By year five, the event started charging and admission in order to fence off the event to keep street people from coming on stage. The event featured cultural and food booths, a Rio-Style parade, a Trio-electrio parade, and stage presentations by local and out-of-state Brazilian groups.

Celebrity Appearances

The Brazilian Street Carnaval had various celebrities participate in the event over the years including Carlinhos do Pandiero of Mangueira Samba School, Lula Almeida from Olodum, Valeria Valenssa and Hans Donner, Rio de Janeiro's king Momo (Carnaval King) Alex de Oliveira, Mocidade Queen of the Drums Thatiana Pagunge, screenwriter Vera Blasi of the movie "Woman on Top", and Fox anchor Christine Devine who is half Brazilian.


In 2011, the Brazilian Street Carnaval combined with the Brazilian Day in Los Angeles when the General Consulate of Brazil Los Angeles asked David de Hilster and Doris de Hilster to produce the Brazilian Day in Los Angeles.