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Viva Carnaval
2005!

by Monica Conrady   

 

San Francisco's Mission District will once more reverberate with the hypnotic beat of drums and the irresistible rhythms of samba, salsa and soca this Memorial Day Weekend.

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"Baila Conmigo - Dance With Me!" is the official theme this year. And a fitting theme it is for this, the 27th annual extravaganza known as Carnaval San Francisco. The fun begins with a two-day festival held Saturday and Sunday May 28 and 29 and culminates with the Carnaval Grand Parade on Sunday, May 29.  Every year the number of contingents taking part increases. Not so long ago it was 40. Last year it was around 70. This year it has swelled to 83! The line-up includes a wonderful multicultural mix of Rio-style samba schools, Trinidadian "mas" camps, Bolivian, Panamanian, Colombian and Mexican groups, rollerskaters, stiltwalkers, masses of schoolchildren--the list is endless.


Sunday's Grand Parade will commence at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of 24th and Bryant streets, head to Mission Street, wend its way down Mission to 17th Street where it will turn right and proceed to Harrison Street and the Festival area. It's being televised live by both KRON-TV and Telemundo.


The Festival takes place both days on Harrison Street between 16th and 23rd streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be booths selling arts, crafts, delectable food from around the world plus four beer gardens. A sizzling array of music and dance entertainment will be offered throughout both days on seven stages set up along Harrison; the NBA will have 30,000 square feet of interactive activities going on at the John O'Connel school yard.


This year's King and Queen of Carnaval--Paulo Silva of Goiania, Brazil and San Francisco native Vanessa Mosqueda--will ride in royal style on their own float. Paolo is a member of the Aquarela Brazilian Dance Ensemble and Vanessa is founder and choreographer of the Mixtiso Latin Hip Hop Group. Be prepared to be dazzled.


Contingents create their own variations oo the official theme. For
Glenn Evans' Sambao Para o Povo it's "Ritmo E Magia" - Rhythm and Music. For Suzanne Ludlum's Caribbean group, All Ah We, it's "Una Cancion Para Ti"--A Song For You. Jaime Martinez' Latin American Workout (L.A.W) is celebrating a 15-year anniversary. The theme--"Explosion!" Watch out for some scorching salsa, samba and merengue to heat up the street when this group goes by.

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The newspaper, El Tecolote, is marking 35 years of service to the
community by taking it to the streets! A contingent of dancers, many of them oldtimers, and children dressed in traditional costumes or as little owlets will be joined by a 40-strong Yucatecan Mayan group from the Bay Area. All will be propelled forward by a vibrant Bateria of veteran drummers playing a Rio-style batucada on a 35' trailer truck.

And making a welcome comeback this year is Claude, the Fire-Breathing Dragon--Dance Kaiso's wonderful kinetic metal sculpture. Their theme--"Calypso!"

For those who like to watch the Parade in comfort, grandstand seats are available for $20. Visit there's the official Carnaval website--carnavalsf.com or call the Carnaval hotline at 415/920-0125.

The Mission is THE place to be Memorial Day weekend.  See you there!

 
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