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All Life Moves in Rhythm

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¨      Theme for Carnaval 2005 is

Festival May 29th & 30th 2004
A Saturday & Sunday event in the San Francisco Mission district on Harrison between 16th & 21st Streets.
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.
Music on 3 Stages: Schedule

Carnaval-San Francisco Parade is Sunday May 30th 2004 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... 

Download 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.  CLICK TO ENLARGE

Grandstand Seating  
Event Ticket: $25.00
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Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 415.920.0125 ext. 4, and at the following locations:

KRON TV Channel 4 broadcasts SF carnaval live on Sunday May 30th and will rebroadcast the entire parade at 6:30pm
Telemundo (KSTS, Channel 48) will also be doing a live broadcast in Spanish
You can also find lots of special coverage of the unique Carnaval San Francisco season locally on  Azteca
KTNC-TV42 and both locally & internationally on Univison Channel 14 KDTV as well as bringing major talent for its stage.
COMCAST the Bay Area's cable broadcaster become a major supporter in 2004 and is helping to get the word out as well as sponsoring a stage

Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts 2868 Mission Street

Oakland Carnival
 Kiddie Carnival 2004 on Sunday before Carnival

2nd annual in 2003 on Carnaval Saturday at Fruitvale's Dimond Park  
The Day after on Memorial Day Monday
Carijama is moving to downtown Oakland's on Monday  
10am to 7pm Parade at 11am on Monday of Santa Cruz skiped 2003 and will return June 12, 2004

 from the really big show on April 10th at the gift Center

King & Queen

Download2004 King Victor Temple & Queen Micaela Mazzini


The spectacular beauty of 2004 Queen Micaela has long been appreciated by parade photographers. Here she is atop a 1999 year in review page
CONTEST 2004 at the Gift Center:  15 x 50 raw fotos by Carnaval photographer Nitish Naharas Here is an early selection of Nitish's King & Queen favorites
 Revisit the great 2003  King Antonio  & Queen Iya more
Click to View  CARNAVAL! Just put your hand on your chest and feel your heartbeat," Hernandez says, beating the drum of his torso. "That's el ritmo!"
05/16/2004 - SFGate & Chronicle Pink section

Malonga Casquelourd & Alice Arts Center

Artist Stipends are an important part of the Carnaval. Over $50,000 has been awarded in grants of $500 to $2000 to 2/3 of the 60 groups scheduled to appear in the 2004 Grand Parade The Carnaval Advisory Committee has revisited judging criteria and will be awarding prizes for 2004

SF Carnaval Contingents 2004 || Parade Line-UP
by Jan McDermott

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. 

May 4 – Carnaval Rehearsal / Precita Park Founders Parade
Start Time 12 Noon at Alabama & Precita Streets, San Francisco, CA
May 4 – "An Evening in Cuba" featuring Grammy Award Nominee Orquesta Aragon
direct from Cuba, at Roccapulco Supper Club, 3140 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA  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 SF   
Top level in aforum but go direct to the image server to check for the freshest stuff. top level || SF Bay Area 

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

Egdar Lee's  Carnaval 2002 & more event photos at his site
Googled resuts from photos.html for RAYMOND HOLBERT PHOTOGRAPHS

Jim Garza wins google search for "Carnaval San Francisco" Images 
Also visit our growing Link Galleries for
 [F] 2003 Carnaval
 Carnaval SF including
 [F] 2002 Carnaval
 [F]   Carnaval 2001
 [F] Carnaval 2000
 [F] Before 1990 including Santana 1986

Winner of most popular C'SF foto. Click pic to enlarge. Check today's ranking here  


Mark Rapoza's  went 404 in "04

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

Grand Champions


 Cinco de Mayo & Cesar Chavez Parades 

PRIDE Parade 4th sunday in June

Day of the Dead

Halloween San Francisco

  IMAGE SEARCH "Carnaval San Francisco"











  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 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.  

 Download Since 1998 Eric Crawford's url   has been worthy of a bookmark as the best source on local Brazilian Music


Music of the world Links by

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!


SF CARNAVAL BAY AREA-Events Board || Latin Events || Dance Events
Our system gives you the most information and options for optimizing your evening.
11 Days of Carnaval San Francisco 2004 Events
 [F] May 2004 Carnaval SF Official Events

 [F] Carnaval Related Annual Events in Northern California 

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

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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.  In 2004 Andrea moved from San Francisco to  Southwest Louisiana,

Events of Special Note  the Bay Area Brazilian Club holds the biggest pre-Lenten Carnaval at the Galleria every year. 

PRIDE Parade 4th sunday in June
Dia de Los Muertos/ Day of the Dead
Expanded & updated for 2004
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.

Myth & Magic 

King & Queen of Your Rhythm
from Jay Kinney for C'SF 2004
"No offense to the Father, but Carnaval sure seems like a celebration of the Divine Feminine, a feast for the senses, and a surrender to the beat."

Golden Gate International Exposition
Let's bring the GGIE's poignant vision of Pacific unity back to the public, uniting the region with the Bay Area's only annual TV parade is a great place to begin.

Carnaval Versus the Klingons
from Tomas Paine for C'SF 2003
A special 2002 expanded edition to open 10 year countdown to 2012

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 Top

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.


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 ||  1999 
||2000 ||
King Jim & Queen Elisa: Carnaval 2000
King Theolonius I & Queen Elizabeth in 2002.
2002 || King Norberto & Queen Maisa 
2003 ||
Queen Iya & King Antonio


Multicultural & Carnaval Arts || Jesse Hamlin reviews the plans for sfgate Can San Francisco go world class in Festival Arts. Former Carnaval Advisory Board member Andrew Wood sets his sites high for Fall 2005
Karen Lusebrink/ costume designer for All Ah We, children's book illustrator and Carnaval artist
Mas Makers like the Mission's Loco Bloco is enjoying its sustained investment in its kids program as they step up to be a leading Bay area Caribbean Arts organization
Ron Seawright
larger than life cartoonist brings his art form to the streets
Community Festival Arts & The Arts on

The New Age of Carnival

The past in the future what can be more certain.

Carnaval of Cultures on the web
In 2003's we explored the nation of explorers who triggered the collision of the hemispheres which has made us who we are today.

For 2004 we journey to the land of the two most well known Carnaval deities Orpheus and Dionysus
For 2005, we will be visiting the site of the earliest sacred shrine on the island of Gozo, Malta 

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Sambista Network || || Federation
Global Sambista initiative 2004 to set new world record for simultaneous percussion on 5SEP04 at 1pm. A Carnaval SF expedition to Burning Man could easily make this happen.
Glen Evans of Sambao is gauging interest

Chalo Eduardo, C'SF founder and REMO drum spokesperson is looking forward to the Drum Circles at the 2004 festival and invites you to bring your drum to the festival Drum Grove  or the REMO booth for a lesson


Click pic for 15 seconds of Chalo performing with his pandeiro in the 2002 parade with Samba do Coracao. the most played movie in our image server in 2003 & 2004


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