The Brazilian carnaval figure/element that pairs with the Porta-Bandeira- Flag bearer in Brazilian Carnaval parade is the Samba-Host.    His main artistic function during the parade whilst courting his flag-bearing partner, is to protect the Porta-bandeira and the banner of the samba school.  Symbolically, the Mestre-Sala carries a handkerchief or fan. The second distinguishing attribution of the Mestre-sala is to draw everyone’s attention to his protégée and make sure the samba-school banner/flag itself, attracts media and popular awareness during a parade. He wants to make sure the Porta-Bandeira will be positively evaluated, and samba-school´s banner highlighted.  The samba-host costume also resemble those elegant clothing worn on European mid 18th century saloons, including a wig.  

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