Luis Fernando knows that patience and hard work are often rewarded. He first entered the contest in 2004 at the urging of the 2003 King of Carnaval Antonio Naranjo.
"I took 3RD place in 2005. I spent six months making my first costume. "
After his time at school, he ended
back home where his mother urged him to immigrate to the United States.
The new King enjoys all types of dancing including samba, cumbia, and hip hop. In his winning performance, he begins as an Aztec dancer but he transforms himself into an ebullient personality when he dances his samba. For the Carnaval parade, when there are no costume changes the King will be wearing a samba costume.
"I am going to come out in a samba costume. I like samba because there is a lot of energy with the drums."
Luis feels very fortunate to have been able to live in the small town of Kensington for most of his years in California. Kensington is best know for its magnificent views of the Golden Gate bridge and the San Francisco Bay as well as a strong sense of community. It is easy to walk to Berkeley, El Cerrito or where he works in Albany from most blocks in the small town of Kensington. "It is more relaxed here for me. " says Luis
Although he works most days, his job allows him to take care of a friendly group of regulars at the center of one of the East Bay's busiest intersections. Many of his regulars turned out to support him in his quest to rule the rhythms of Spring here in the Bay Area on April 1st at Sweet's ballroom in downtown Oakland.
"I encourage others to participate in the contest.
I hope everyone can realize of enjoying everyday of your life. Nobody knows maybe you die tomorrow maybe you die tonight."
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