By Mike Lauterborn
(for Fairfield Citizen News)
Fairfield, CT – Fairfield University students donned masks and beads to show their unity -- and their moves -- at a campus-based celebration of Brazilian Carnival Thursday night.
Held on the lower level of the Barone Center at the 1073 North Benson Road university site, the free event drew about three dozen people, who enjoyed dancing and a variety of traditional Brazilian finger foods. The night was organized by the Office of Student Diversity Programs and the school’s programs in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Leading the gathering in dancing was Brazilian Portuguese Instructor Jordano Quaglia. With almost limitless energy, he shuffled and dropped and wiggled to the beats, while the audience followed suit. Fellow event organizer Chyristie Cruz, assistant director of Student Diversity Programs, eyed the scene, toes tapping in place.
Hanging all around the space were decorative streamers imitating the yellow, green and blue colors of the Brazilian flag. Balloons added to the effect, transforming what is normally a plain, academic campus thoroughfare into a samba dance party.