Festa Junina: Costumes

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One of the great things about the Brazilian June festivals – ‘Festa Junina‘ – is that it’s really easy to dress up for them.   Or is that dress down? How Portlander perfect: a party with a theme of 90’s faux-lumberjack grunge!

 

What to wear:

  • Plaid or gingham shirts, skirts, dresses
  • overalls / highwater jeans all rolled up (remember non-skinny jeans?)
  • Cross-dressing opportunities will be rampant
  • Optional: Priest, Bride (Bonus if pregnant), Princess, Queen, Cangaçeiro, or Billy Idol!

the Matuto Makeover table
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We’ll be bringing our Festa Junina box, but there probably won’t be enough for everybody. So, if you have any of the following.. Bring it!

  • Accessories:
    Straw hats,
    bandannas / ascots
    hair-ties (for pigtails)
    a bridal veil and baby-sized pillow (a shotgun wedding theme is standard)
    a bridal ‘bouquet’
  • Makeup: (how-to video)
    burnt cork for fake beards
    eyeliner for fake freckles
    rouge for that raggedy Ann/Andy rosy-cheek look
    black candles to black out teeth

Here’s a great web page with more ideas… and another!

Putting on a Festa Junina takes a community… Let us know if you’d like to help out. We’re looking for people to staff the makeover table (we provide tooth-blackout training,) take photos, help put up the traditional bandierinhas, help lead the quadrilhas and cirandas, etc!

We’re especially curious if anyone has a wedding dress for a 275 lb. man.

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