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Dora the Explorer5
Junior King & Queen Contest to Debut
King & Queen 2006
King Luis
Queen Monique
Youth Royalty 2006
Parade Line-Up
Parade Who's Who
Music Festival
Grand Marshall 2006
Barbara Lee guides "Caribbean-American Month" through Congress for June-2006 bacchanalia in Washington D.C.
Caribbean Carnival: Celebration is the Answer
Initiation Ritual for the new millennium
Oya Nike Carnaval
 RIP: Kip Farris
Fogo 2006
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June 2006: Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Annual SF International Arts Festival is back [ ] with 30 events in May with 6 of 8 venues in the Mission District. Note their sites early emphasis on the said to be spectacular 2007 festival entitled The Truth in Knowing/Now
a conversation across the African Diaspora.

The 3rd Annual San Francisco International Art Festival continues through June 11. This year's festival, themed "Perspectives: Beyond Borders," focuses on Latino Culture and Latin America.  Navarrete x Kajiyama, Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Maria Pendones and Company, 8 p.m. May 26-28. An evening of dance, theater and poetry. At Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., San Francisco. $18-$20. "Films," May 27-June 9. 7 p.m. May 27, The world premiere of "Hands and Claws." Director Bernard Peyton will be in attendance, at Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St., San Francisco. At 9 p.m. May 27, "La Fabri-K," also at Galeria de la Raza. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., San Francisco. Free.

2005 main page
King Paulo
Queen Vanessa
Fotos SF 2005
2005 Parade Contingents
May events
 King-Queen contest
CAribbeanS on Parade
Pollo kerry
 Age of Aquarius
Temples of Rebirth
 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

2005 TOP

  1. King Paulo Silva
  2. Queen Vanessa Mosqueda
  3. Sambao Para o Povo
  4. Mara Reggae
  5. Dance Kaiso
  6. Loco Bloco, Leonard Flynn Elementary School & Mission Girls
  7. Aquarela Brazilian Dance Ensemble does Boi Bumba
  8. Ginga Brasil
  9. Energia do Samba
  10. Fogo Na Roupa
  11. Mas Makers Massive
  12. All Ah We
  13. Islands of Fire
  14. Socaribbean International

Easter 2006:
Rain on the parades
Racers careen around the rain-slicked curves of Lombard S...
6th Russian Hill Tricycle Race  

Union Street Easter Parade

We've moved to Eureka Valley Rec Center

A Celebration of Life

The Agony and the Ecstasy


Presenting Carnaval 2006 Royalty

Sat/27, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun/28, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Festival: Harrison between 16th and 24th Sts., SF;
Parade, Bryant and 24th St. to Mission and 17th St., SF

Festival, $2 requested donation; parade, free ($25 for Grand Stand seating).
(415) 920-0125,
Official Site

The death of fun
May 23, 2006 --
"With booze bans, noise crackdowns, excessive permit fees, and suburban-style sensibilities, San Francisco officials are threatening to kill the party spirit"
Carnaval San Francisco returned to the Steps of City Hall once again at noon on  May 10, 2006.
Fotos by

Tues May 23rd 2006

3rd Annual Ballpark Carnaval Night

The sights and sounds of Carnaval San Francisco come to AT&T Park. The percussion drummers outside of the ballpark, and a pre-game performance with Carnaval Dancers and extravagant head dresses bring the festive Carnaval atmosphere to AT&T Park. Carnaval themed prize packs will be given away during the game. Purchase your specially priced ticket now for this fan favorite.

--See your contingent leader for a chance to perform on the field.
--Pregame drumming in Willie Mays Plaza
--bleacher drumming to be determined
--Note this has been rescheduled from MAY1st


CARNAVAL San Francisco 2006 King & Queen Competition

Saturday, April 1, 2006 at Historic Sweet’s Ballroom, Oakland

MAY DAY 2006




Queen Monique & King Luis

CARNAVAL San Francisco goes to City Hall


May 10, 2006--  Mayor Gavin Newsom politely refused Roberto Hernandez offer to provide dance lessons but did promise to witness the 2006 Carnaval. Supervisor Tom Ammianno echoed several other speakers remarks about how Carnaval San Francisco represented all that was great and unique about San Francisco- celebrating out diversity in unity is particularly important as media manipulators and politicians try to turn immigration into a wedge issue. The other Mission Carnaval Supervisor Chris Daly was not present but there is no truth to the rumor that he did not come because he feared being made to dance next to Mayor Newsom.
Last year about this time, these dramatic steps hosted the gathering of Global City Mayors including perhaps the world's most pragmatic progressive  London Mayor Ken Livingstone for the United Nations 33rd World Environmental Day and the first ever held in San Francisco. This also substituted as the keynote event for the 60th anniversary commemoration of the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco.
San Francisco Carnaval is the only North American City which participates in the world's leading Carnival Association called the FECC [Federation of European Carnival Cities] . In April of 2006, the host of the 2006 Carnival City Convention and President of Croatia, came to San Francisco to make his case at the World Affairs Council that the 3rd world counties needed help to reform the United Nations and help it be the effective voice it needs to be.
"The 3rd world is mainly exploited. No hope for place on world stage in new order.... [more]

 Carnaval San Francisco continues to think big and invites the Bay Area to join them and other leaders like the President of Croatia in calling for a recognition of the central importance to peace in the 21st century of
Diversity in Unity.

San Francisco Grand Marshal Barbara Lee hopes 
Washington D.C.'s biggest event the DC Caribbean Carnival in June might convince some Download9/11 conspirators that peace and freedom are not just terms but a reality we must actively seek through community celebration that rejoices in being alive as ourselves as part of a community greater than ourselves. Caribbean rhythms, culture and their Carnival festival arts have made a remarkable contribution to building community throughout the Americas and act as important bridge in uniting the planet as one world


Congratulations to the 2006 Jr. King & Queen:
 Alex Hernandez & Merissa Lyons and our 2006 Princess Mayela Carrasco and Prince Tymothi Hall

Youth Royalty 2006

 We are so fortunate to have Dora The Explorer as our Grand Marshal this year! She’s the first Spanish bi-lingual character seen in more than 74 countries around the world in 15 different languages. On Carnaval Day she will be live and present with us parading down 24th Street and Mission Street.

"It’s a real coup for us. Dora has been called the “Latin Mr. Rogers” educating and entertaining a whole generation of children, parents and grandparents around the world.
Muchísimas gracias to Kier Kristensen, of Comcast, one of our major sponsors, for helping us book Dora as Grand Marshal of the Carnaval SF Parade on May 28, 2006."

Encouraging children to become active in the arts and learn more about their respective cultures was the vision behind this year's Carnaval, said Roberto Hernandez. As Carnaval San Francisco's artistic director, Hernandez comes up with a new idea for the celebration's theme each year.

"I had a vision about six years ago to go into the schools and work on feeding the souls and spirits of the minds of children of their own culture," Hernandez said. "For this year's theme, I thought, what a beautiful way to honor our children - by honoring our traditions."

 Roberto Hernandez

Hernandez was determined to get Dora the Explorer to be the grand marshal not only because she's so popular with children and adults, but also because she's seen in 71 different countries and speaks 16 different languages, Hernandez said, thus representing cultural diversity.

Carnaval San Francisco 2006

Land of Childhood Dreams
(Sueños de la Niñez)

April 2006

  • King & Queen Competition (Saturday, April 1)
  • Contingent Leader Meeting (Thursday, April 20)
  • Junior King & Queen/Prince & Princess Contest (Saturday, April 22)

May 2006

  • 12 NOON Carnaval SF returns to City Hall (Wednesday May 10)
  • Mandatory Contingent Leader Meeting (Thursday, May 18)
  • Carnaval Night at the SF Giants (Tuesday, May 23)[note new date]
  • VIP Media, Artists, Community Reception & Raffle (Thursday, May 25) sponsored by Macy's at Medjool's (Mission near 21st) Parade from Bryant St.
  • Calypso Competition Download
    SAT 27may
    525 Harrison (formerly Sound Factory)
    Must sing 3 verses 1 original Also performing, direct from Trinidad international chutney stars
    Also enjoy a calypso tent starring the
    produced by Mas Makers
  • Download
  • Carnaval Festival (Saturday & Sunday, May 27 – May 28)
  • Grand Parade (Sunday, May 28)

June 2006

  • Receipts Due to MNC for Final Payment of Grants to
  • Avoid Forfeiture (Friday, June 16)

August 2006

  • Awards Ceremony (Sunday, August 13)


Looking back at the 2006 Carnaval Countdown Season:


In San Francisco begin here: Union Square down Market St. to Justin Herman Plaza

Everyone should join in!  - Union Square at noon There will have 6 Carnaval contingents participating and Queen of Carnaval 2005 Vanessa will be leading the procession through the downtown.

1906 Great Earthquake & Fire Expo
This is the kickoff of National Dance Week  which includes over 225 free dance events in the great SF Bay Area between Friday. Find out more at
Dance anywhere is rooted in the idea that art and dance do not need to be separated from our daily lives. Art does not need to be in a gallery or  museum, and dance does not need to be on a stage. Post your dance anywhere event

10:00 AM
 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire Parade,

begin in front of City Hall at Civic Center Plaza, travel down Market St. and conclude in front of the Ferry Building at Justin Herman Plaza. A concert will follow.
More Info 415-621-7103.

Chief of Dept. at Little Giant Hydrant

7AM: On April 19th, 1906, the hydrant just above Mission Dolores Park on Liberty Hill,  was found to have water. A hose lead was made, and the water supply from this hydrant has been credited with stopping the great fire from advancing across 20th Street and leveling the Mission district.
Fotos coming

For the last 35 years, this event has been presented by the SFFD Historical Society and Mission Merchants Historian and 50+ year member Robert Kruezberger (in red above) has produced this event. Everyone present will be invited to join in with the painting of this famous hydrant. There will be civic ceremonies and a special horse drawn steam engine presentation. Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department, Joanne Hayes-White will begin the annual hydrant painting.

January 2006
  • First Contingent Leader Meeting of 2006 (Thursday, January 26)
  • Kick-off Carnaval Cultural Arts Education Program with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)

February 2006

  • Contingent Parade Applications, $25 Processing Fee, Grant Requests and Budgets Due by 5:00 pm to: MNC, 362 Capp, SF (Friday, February 10)
  • Contingent Leader Meeting (Thursday, February 16)
  • Technical Workshop (Saturday, February 18)
  • Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras (February 28)

March 2006

  • Junior King & Queen/Prince & Princess Orientation (Sat., March 11) [more]
  • Contingent Leader Meeting (Thursday, March 16)
DRUMBEAT Newsletter,

a new online newsletter for the Carnaval community published by Mission Neighborhood Centers has debuted.
Much of the content is by
Managing Editor MichaelRoberto_fogos.jpg Nolan
Welcome by Executive Editor Roberto Hernandez]

King & Queen competition

Join Us on
APRIL 1st 2006

Does Royal Blood flow through your Veins?
Is 2006 the year you must share your spirit with the destiny of the San Francisco bay Area to ignite a new global culture based on surviving to the next century?


locoBLOCOmardiGRAS-06.jpgThe Mardi Gras celebration is a featured event of the San Francisco Crab Festival (make sure to taste Roccapulco's sumptuous crab enchiladas!), as well as a kick-off for Carnaval San Francisco's 2006 season, themed "Sueños de la Niñez" or "Land of Childhood Dreams."

Some of the proceeds from Mardi Gras will benefit the Carnaval San Francisco Cultural Arts Education Program that offers free music, dance, theater and visual arts classes to youth throughout San Francisco each year. The Mardi Gras celebration is generously sponsored by Carnaval San Francisco. The event is part of the San Francisco Crab Festival, which is promoted by the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Tickets to Carnaval San Francisco's Mardi Gras celebration are $15 each, available to individuals ages 18 and up (with ID). To purchase tickets, call (415) 626-5222 Ext. 30, or visit



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