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Explorer, Destroyer, Messenger.
Recapturing the Lost Soul of the New World as we countdown to 2012.

Time for everyone to come together and put the terror of 9-11 behind them, and get ready for 
NEW LIFE or Nueva Vida
dancing on the edge of the earth!

As per usual follow what's new in and Events and in particular Carnaval Countdown!

official event web site is looking good Carnaval
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Carnaval-San Francisco Parade is Sunday May 26th 2002 Map by yahoo Festival is both Saturday & Sunday
Parade is always the 4th Sunday of May or Memorial Weekend

and begins at Bryant & 24th at 10am and heads down the Mission Street to 17th... 

Carnaval Countdown 2002 with Monica Conrady 
Get the low down on who's up to what for your countdown season.

NEWS:  2002
  Lots of new and information including   
The invasion of the Mission has become the dot.gone story with a final Carnaval chapter being written with the recent restoration of a famous dance space at 22nd & Mission returning to a thriving Carnaval organization
ABADA Capoeira returns Beautiful Dance Space to the Mission
Festival May 25th & 26th 2002
A Saturday & Sunday event in the San Francisco Mission district on Harrison between 16th & 21st Streets.

Festival Entertainment 2 days 3 stages
Carnaval Festival 2002 entertainment review by Monica
The festival grounds will offer exciting events planned for the whole family, from children activities, to local visual artists displaying their art, to contingent artists performing at several stages, and many local businesses given an opportunity to participate as well. There will be music on three stages and through the 5 block long 2-day festival, ethnic food, art and lots of fun to be had by all.

(produced by the Bay Area's #1 festival management group Team PRO Event, Inc. Festival space has sold out check for waiting list by calling 415 383-3470 or e-mail Steve or Michelle at [email protected]    · PO Box 315, Mill Valley, CA 94942  Fax (415) 383-7020)



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Carnaval Parade begins at 24th & Bryant (HQ tent for Photo Passes here) at 10am and dances its way down Mission to 17th street where it will turn towards the festival on Harrison. Carnaval is produced by  Mission Neighborhood Centers
The 2 mile route has few gaps at the start on 24th and some big ones toward the end of the parade on the end of the parade route. Makes for good opportunities to support the local merchants. ( is not the official web site if you can believe that) 
Tickets Now on Sale for Grandstand Seating across from New Mission Theater on Mission between 21st and 22nd streets. Best seat in house next to judges & media with  MC Joan Savoury to enliven the action.
ODC Box office · Box Office ·
Tel · 415/863-9834 · Fax · 415/863-9833 ·
3153 17th Street at Treat 16th St BART
easy UCSF Parking across the street
or simply buy on line at ODC's ticket outlet

ODC is presenting  the official Carnaval Sunday Dance Concert with John Santos

also at
Discolandia 2956 24th St.; 415-826-0876

The 2002 Carnaval Parade promises to be the best ever with the return to the saddle of the Bay Area's most talented parade promoter, Roberto Hernandez and his Latinzone productions. 
Office 415.206.0577 Fax 415.206.0499 Email: [email protected]
Ethnic Dance consultant and 2001 Queen of Carnaval
Elizabeth Soberanes took over many of the duties fulfilled by  long-time artistic director and parade founder and  Marcus Gorden.

2002 Parade JUDGES 
Cynthia Ayala
  || Claudio Amaral   || Roberto Borrell  || Blanche Brown || Dennise Carignan || Delores Castro  ||Martha Estrella || Jetin Grewal ||Kojo Mason  || Lichen || Wendy Miller || Cristina Ribeiro  ||Gloria Toolsie || MC: Joan Savoury

Oakland Carnival
Carijama in 
The Day after on Memorial Day Monday
Carijama at Oakland's Mosswood Park on Monday on Monday May 27th 2002 Map 
10am to 7pm Parade at 11am on Monday   
new for 2002 on Carnaval Saturday at Fruitvale's Dimond Park

Santa Cruz Carnival
We Carnival || Map 
Saturday, June 8thnd, 2002
San Lorenzo Park
Downtown Santa Cruz, CA
Over 25 groups will be performing in the parade. 
The parade starts at 10am on Cathcart St. and Pacific, then runs down Pacific, turns right onto Water St (over the bridge) and then a right turn into San Lorenzo Park (near the county building).

King & Queen

2002 King and Queen


Santana Duke
Energia do Samba)

Ballet Folkloric
de SF)



 ALL Hail Queen Maisa & King Norberto

Full Color comprehensive coverage 
with more sound and motion !!

Carnaval 2001 King Theolonius I & Queen Elizabeth in 2002
The stars shine bright for the two monarchs of technically the first Carnaval of the millennium. Theolonius is not only an amazing dancer but also the best Master of Ceremonies Carnaval San Francisco has ever had. The MC regaled all at the King and Queen contest with fancy footwork and gift for gab. Meanwhile the best event anyone can remember was produced by Elizabeth as 22 very talented dancers and larger than life personalities competed in smooth harmony for a small slice of immortality at the 2002 King & Queen contest.  

Grand Marshall 
the Garifuna Boyz

Punta Music from the East Coast of Central America.

Carnavals of  California in the news
Featured from their own Archives.

sf stationCarnaval 2002 by 
"The theme is New Life/Nueva Vida, illustrating the Mission District's rich and vibrant wealth of talent and creativity with a completely new approach to the entire event -- from the King & Queen contest to the Carnaval Parade and Festival Grounds. 
Through extensive community involvement organizers have implemented changes that will raise the standard of Carnaval San Francisco to new heights. 
sfgate.comClick to ViewClick to View Selected
 Samba homecoming - Sexy Carnaval returns to the Mission "While raucous and bawdy, Carnaval is also billed as an earnest celebration of the diversity of Latin American culture"  23May02 Carnaval a parade of color, discontent / Artists, organizers spar over costs, prizes 25May02

Click to ViewCarnaval shimmying burns through the fog - 200,000 revel in 22nd annual party    28May01 - Chronicle
P.S. Legendary Carnaval SF figure Chalo Eduardo says the 1984 Carnaval did happen and the 2003 Carnaval should be considered the 25th silver anniversary 

"For me, Memorial Day has two related meanings: the unnecessary horror of young people dying in old men's wars, and, antithetically, Carnaval San Francisco, wherein we witness unity and beauty."
Akinyele Sadiq

Prize Monies are an important part of the Contingent Assistance Fund which has also given grants of $500 to $2000 to over half the groups in the parade. Three Grand Prizes will be awarded on a merit basis to those contingents that best exemplify the artistic criteria and categories of the parade.

Parade Line-up

Carnaval San Francisco Concentration Game
Test your memory skills against the clock and the spectacular beauty of our 17 '98 Queens & Kings. Press reload or refresh if you start playing to soon and experience difficulty.

May in the Mission
Cinco de Mayo
The Merry month of May kicks off throughout the Mission. Enjoy the delicious fresh Latin food and fine selection of tequila mexican beers  and your favorite refreshment.  There is no parade in 2002 but the festival will take place the first Sunday in May at Civic Center.  and May is Mural Month

The New Mission News distributes 18,000 copies every month though out the Mission, Noe Valley, Castro, Bernal Heights, SOMA and Potrero Hill. This is the heart of Bay Area Carnaval country and one of the best known ethnic and arts neighborhoods in the world.



Fotos what's new  
The top level including a gateway to our imageserver

Carnaval 2001 photos 
Includes fogo's Yuyi doing the Carijama & Aquerela's Mikela doing "good god."

Carnaval 2001 by Mission One Hour 
Located across the street from the Mission Cultural Center year round are albums containing over 2000 fotos from last year's carnaval. Here's 120 of our favorites.

Queens & Muses
Starring the Google image search engine and inspired by the popularity of our similar Rio de Janeiro page.

Fotos what's new
Carnaval 2000 Photos 
 includes Morph & breast of show.

Carnaval San Francisco Photo Gallery 99
fotos from Carnaval '98 and the countdown season to '99.
  [D] CARNAVAL-SF '98 & '99 Photos on the web.

John K. Nakata,

SuperSonic Southern California 2000
LocoBloco 2001
Grand Champions

Great SF Carnaval 2001pictures 
from LatinAmerican Workout & former King of Carnaval Jaime Martinez.

Jim Garza wins google search for "Carnaval San Francisco" Images 

Mark Rapoza
Check here for the first batch of 2002 pics. 

Parade Photos  by TheSenusal Image Mask Gallery  these pictures on CD: Professional quality album of all  Carnaval and Gay Pride Parades 1999 and 2000 featuring Birds of Paradise.

A Fogalistic Photo Gallery  ||  2000
Click pic for some nice ones. 

Nobody & Fogo on the 16th & Harrison stage Top SF Carnaval 2001 by Nitish Naharas  
Color from Carnaval 2000More by Nitish
Other work by Nitish Naharas


Cinco de Mayo & Cesar Chavez Parades 

PRIDE Parade 4th sunday in June

Day of the Dead

Halloween San Francisco

  IMAGE SEARCH "Carnaval San Francisco"











King Theolonius 2001, our gifted MC, was the winner of the top spot in May of 2002 Google is not able to index our image server or aforum pages but we're working on getting more Carnaval SF images indexed using tables with an image & name plus  text links to single photo pages & suggest other Carnavelesco webmasters do the same. We'll keep track of our progress on this page

Sounds takes a special interest in Brazilian , Latin and Caribbean and Cajun music but we subscribe to the description of Carnaval music as sounds that make you want to jump for joy with others.

Brazil on the SF Bay

Mexico on the SF Bay

The trendy Latin Explosion has been happening on the streets of the Mission since well before Carnaval's birth in 1979 but here's the two web guides which can will bring out the best for you.

MPB - Brazilian Popular Music - the essence of our music. Bossa Nova, created in bars of Rio during the 50's. Axé Music, a style born in the state of Bahia with great influence of African rhythms. Samba was the first Brazilian style to become popular globally and has never lost its popularity with the youth.

Music of the world Links by || David McBurnie || Luis Medina - [email protected] || Spliff Skankin'& Javier   
94.1 fm on your dial the venerable station is trying to figure out how to SavePacifica A lawsuit seeking to restore representation to the Pacifica National Board is moving forward.
S  by KPFA DJ  Jose Ruiz
A Latino music potpourri: Son, Rumba, Guajira, Bomba, Vallenato, Samba, Batucada, Soca, Calypso, Flamenco, Rancheras, Norteñas, Tangos, Boleros, Nueva Canción y mucho mas! || Machete Ensemble [email protected]
A band that cuts both ways-playing concert music that deserves cool attentive listening and churning out sizzling rhythms that urge the listeners to rise up out of their seats and writhe in sympathetic motion.         ...Derk Richardson, SF Bay Guardian


SF CARNAVAL BAY AREA-Events Board || Latin Events || Dance Events
Our system gives you the most information and options for optimizing your evening.

Bay Area Annual Events starring the month of May which begins with May Day and Cinco de Mayo.

France in the SF Bay Area
Let's keep an eye on the French who have embraced Brazilian Carnaval more than any other country in the West. 

Calendar of Bay Area Ethnic Events by
Exhaustive list minimum description, contact #'s last update 12/99. The complete San Francisco  Bay Area site for the Salsa & Latin Jazz music and dance scenes! Baile! of Mexican Folk Dancer. || Bay Area Resources  for the latest on one of the most active Cajun and Zydeco music and dance scenes outside of Louisiana. DJ Spincycle is also King of Carnaval 2000 and is the guy most likely to be at your next Carnaval event.
Sawa Sawa is Swahili for It's all good!

Events of Special Note  
Under the leadership of Roberto Lima, the Bay Area Brazilian Club has promoting Brazilian culture in the Bay Area for over 30 years and hold the biggest pre-Lenten Carnaval at the Galleria every year. 

PRIDE Parade 4th sunday in June

In Mountain View

in late June Saturday and Sunday - New Orleans by the Bay, Shoreline Ampitheater. Times To be confirmed. New Orleans by the Bay at shoreline by google  

JULY 4th - Redwood City's 4th of July Parade. Parade starts at 10:30 AM on Wednesday in Downtown Redwood City.

The Afribbean Festivals celebrate music and culture all over the Bay Area. Learn more about African Rhythms.  On the reggae, calypso, and salsa bands are playing throughout the day.

San Diego  Carnaval Ball   
Keeps growing  and now includes a downtown parade in the gaslight district 
Southland Events
celebrating its 18th year September 6, 7, 8 and 2002 approximately 25 blocks of San Diego's Gas lamp Quarter for 100+ artists performing on approximately 15 stages to an expected attendance of 100,000. The weekend after Labor Day.

for Long Beach Carnaval

6th Annual Carnaval:
Long BeacH
Sept. 15, 2002
Fotos ||  99


Myth & Magic 2002

Dia de Los Muertos/ Day of the Dead

Life's greatest fundamental repeat themselves annually and Carnaval invites you to celebrate life or more accurately the rebirth of life in the cycle of life -death & rebirth. American culture has long been distinguished by its problems with death and would do well to embrace the neighboring culture of Mexico's traditions surrounding death and remembrance of ancestors.

Trickster at the Crossroads

by Erik Davis originally published in  Gnosis Magazine 
Why does everything feel so charged up at Carnaval Time? One reason is the Esu is much more out and about. Esu bears striking resemblance to Hermes who was renamed Mercury by the Romans. Both are likely progeny of the Egyptian's  Thoth  (shown is the Mercury dime)

12 stepping with the Orixas in Brazil 
Brazilian Jungian analyst John Burns updates the most successful model of drug treatment with spectacular orisha illustrations by  Francisco Santos. The similarity between these
deities and those of early Greece and the relationship to Egypt is a new topic in academia
The Black Queen Califa || Queen Calafia at the Latin American Library
Learn the fascinating story about the Goddess the state of California was named after. Throughout history, Black Madonnas have often inspired heroism by historic figures.


Dance & Percussion Classes
SF-Bay Area Dance Directories at
San Francisco 
East Bay

South Bay
North Bay Classes

The Bay Area is one of the world's most important dance centers. We have linked to the link directories and
highlighted the dance instructors and studios who inform their work with the joy of the Carnaval spirit.

Awards and Fotos too.

Capoeira Directory for the West Coast
You may be one of the many becoming more interested in how your rhythm is affected by other rhythms. Begin your journey here.


History Section in
Carnaval San Francisco: the early years
by Richard Reniceros
KING 1998: Shimon van Collie
Escola Nova=s 15 Years of Carnaval History
By Escola member
Rick Telesforo.
History of Carnival by
Carnaval-San Francisco 1997
Carnaval-San Francisco 1999
Carnaval-San Francisco 2000
King Jim & Queen Elisa: Carnaval 2000
Carnaval-San Francisco 2001
King Theolonius I & Queen Elizabeth in 2002.


Multicultural & Carnaval Arts

Community Festival Arts & The Arts on
Featuring the May 2002 report from on the innovative ways groups are finding to overcome resistance to providing arts programs to California schools. A traditional role of parades yesterday, today and tomorrow
.  UNITY: Out of Many, One.
What's new in multicultural resources for Families & Communities
An annual Santa Clara County Sept. conference & festival.

The New Age of Carnival
The past in the future what can be more certain


Best of Carnaval on the web
In 2001 Saint Petersburg Russia is hosting the global Carnaval FECC convention. Russia was the last country in Europe to communicate primarily using the written word. In other words the Carnaval language of images communicated through song dance and story a  natural inclination. Many new yet old Carnivals have sprung up but none is more ambitious than St. Petersburg. Odessa Pegus of Oakland will be leading our San Francisco delegation to the 2001 World Carnaval convention there from May 27th to June 3rd in the czar castle City of Puskin. This city was named after inspiredsfmission/sfbirthplace figure of Alexander Puskin whose grand father was from Africa and is considered the father of both Russian literacy and literature. The imperial Russian ambition for California was most responsible for the founding Mission Dolores on June 29, 1776  Many Russians are familiar with the true love story set in the Presidio which came very close to altered our Spanish Mission influenced California culture.

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)Foundation European Carnival Cities (FECC)
The planet's leading organization for people's events.
International Caribbean Carnival Association (ICCA

President Henry Antoine.

Sambista Network|| || Federation  
We're hot and we can't be stopped.

Celebrating  our 5th year at Carnaval 2001
While  is based in San Francisco's Mission District we have been the web's leading directory for Carnival everywhere since April 1996. In February of of 2001 we entertained and informed 250,000 visitors. Stats We know you can get lost here pretty easy but we think you rather have us archive than delete so remember to there is always site map and search button at the top of the main menu page which will stay there if you enter on our main page.  


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