Head to West End this weekend for a night of dancing, live music, food and culture with the annual Brazilian Carnaval parade.

Are you a fan of eccentric costumes, dance and Brazilian culture? If so, this event will be right up your alley.

This year’s West End Carnaval will be held on the 6th of February, on the same day as the Carnaval Rio de Janeiro. You will even be able to catch a live feed of the Olympics while you enjoy “a taste of Brazil.”

The parade first became open to the public last year and participants include everyone from Latin dance enthusiasts, festival goers and other supporters in the community.

Latin Dance Academy Rio Rhythmics has been running the parade for over 20 years and is able to showcase Australia’s only collection of original “fantasias,” traditional costumes combining feather, sequins and colour.

The event kicks off from 4pm with live music at the Motor Room at the Boundary Street Markets. There will also be free dance classes throughout the event to get everyone shimmying for the street parade. These include Samba at 5:30pm and Forró at 7:30pm.

The parade begins at 6:30pm starting above Vulture Street on Boundary Street and making its way down to the Boundary Street Markets. A drum corps or “bateria” will also be a part of the parade including 30 percussionists drumming up beats from 7:15pm.

Rio Rhythmics founding director Tarcisio Teatini-Climaco says the festival will allow Queenslanders to participate in Brazilian culture and channel their inner dancing talents. “It’s not only the Brazilians who will shimmy, sparkle and samba carnaval-style on 6 February. We Queenslanders can, too – right here in our own backyard. We’d love to see Brisbane residents channel their inner samba dancer and come along to this once-a-year unforgettable experience.”

The fun doesn’t stop with the parade either, an official after party will include street food and samba dancing all night. Head to Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy, 163 Boundary Street from 10pm to join in the celebrations ($14 entry fee applies).

Entry to the parade is free and all are welcome. This is a yearly event so don’t miss out on all the action this weekend. For more information visit the Rio Rhythmics website.