1998 Loco Bloco member Roberto Hernandez considers what might have been. MECA's founder lost his job to his Board Chair Patricia Aguayo in 1994 despite a record of every year bigger than the year before.





In 1999 Fogo na Roupa led by the talented Carlos Aceituno celebrate ten years of being lifting spirits higher and uniting the Bay Area.



Former Supervisor and now CalTrans chief Jose Medina with wife Raquel stood in for Mayor Willie Brown. In twenty years, no Mayor has ever appeared in the Carnaval parade.


Laura Strausberg, Sambao 

Kevin Welch, Vivendo de Pão



Conseicao Damasceno
of Ginga Brazil


Ruben Texidor,
Oya Nike

Carnaval-SF Bay Area at the Mother of All Carnivals,
Trinidad 1999

DJ Jim 'Spincycle' Sowers
was among the most African participants who crossed the Savannah stage at Trinidad Carnival 1999. Spincycle was an impressive '99 King candidate doing stylishly doing the triple soca/salsa/samba.

Every year Mas Maker's Stephen & Colleen Tiffenson do their pilgrimage to Trinidad where in '99 they hung with Peter Minshall's Lost Tribe. They also attend the annual Caribbean Carnival Association representing the San Francisco Carnival artists.

Palookaville's Michael Horne with friend Mary shortly after learning he would not be performing after all with the Renegades in the Panarama Finals. Palookaville is back on the cultural map in Santa Cruz in association with Maritime Hall.

Memorial Weekend Memory

Dr. Daniel Crowley shown here with his family was pioneering academic for Carnival. As the fates would have it, the much respected author died on Carnival day in Bolivia while leading a Carnaval tour up a hill.

Carnaval Wants You

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Our thanks to photographers Bruce Dantzker, Eric Brooks, Paul Cartier, and Allen Greenky for sharing these wonderful images with us!