Olá: Celebrate the warmth and energy of Brazilian culture with Imagine Nation's inaugural rendition of the festival Carnaval. Imagine Nation co-founder Fernanda Krum got together with several other Brazilian-born Missoulians, and they decided to throw their own version of what Krum calls "perhaps the greatest celebration in the world." Brazil's Carnaval is a multi-day festival held before the season of Lent starts. Krum has been dancing at Carnaval parties ever since her youth in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. "When I was a little kid, I would get so excited to choose which costume I wanted for that year, and my grandma or mom would make it from scratch," Krum recalls. "I wanted to be a ballerina, or a pirate, or a clown." As kids get older, they get to join the Carnaval parades and street dances, which can last until sunrise.
Get ready to dance: Imagine Nation's Carnaval might not attract huge throngs of people in the street, but Krum says they will be making space for a big dance floor. A DJ will blast Brazilian music and volunteers will give basic samba lessons. "It's something that people have to come and experience to really get the point," Krum says. "It's like music and fun and a group of people that are going to be up and motivated, and we're not gonna stop."
What you're drinking: The usual lineup on tap at Imagine, which includes kombucha, soda and beer. Imagine's alcohol license doesn't allow the brewery to serve liquor, so, sadly, caipirinhas won't be on the menu.
What you're eating: Brazilian rice and bean dishes served up by the Ninja Mike's food truck. Krum says her Brazilian friends are teaching Ninja Mike to make sure he's following traditional recipes.
What you're wearing: Any kind of joyful costume you like. Bright colors, feathers, masks and jewelry encouraged.
Where and when? Head to Imagine Nation Brewery, 1151 W. Broadway, on Friday, March 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.