LATIN AMERICA COMES ALIVE IN THE 39TH ANNUAL CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO


Part 1 of 2: Carnaval San Francisco Parade 2017 by CBS SF Bay Area

Part 1 of 2: Carnaval San Francisco Parade 2017 CBS SF Bay Area by CBS SF Bay Area

BY ARCHANA SINGH Photography: Adrian Sky (www.adriansky.com)

California’s largest annual Multi-Cultural Celebration to take place Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 & 28, in San Francisco’s Mission District

Love makes you do lot of cute things like giving a nickname to something you love. And San Francisco is a city that has many nicknames – The City, City By the Bay, San Fran, The Golden City, San Fran and Frisco among many others. When the Spanish-speaking locals talk about their beloved city they don’t call it “Frisco” but Pancho, which is a common nickname for Francisco in Latin America, so I wasn’t surprised when I heard the 2017 theme is “El Corazon de San Pancho — The Heart of San Francisco.”

"San Franciscans built a city that values belonging, diversity, community-building, and multicultural arts,"

said Roberto Hernandez, Carnaval San Francisco’s artistic director.

"The ‘heart’ of this city is the value we place on culture, community and empathy toward one another."

The name San Pancho stands for San Francisco’s sense of unity, inclusion and multicultural pride. This year’s theme, “El Corazon de San Pancho — The Heart of San Francisco,” was chosen to pay homage to San Francisco’s enduring legacy as a place that has always embraced people from around the world with open arms. Whether they were refugees or the hippies or the members of the LGBT community. San Francisco always made room for more.

Part 2 of 2: Carnaval San Francisco Parade 2017 by CBS SF Bay Area

  • California’s largest annual multi-cultural celebration will take place a month before the city celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Summer of Love, and in honor of that milestone Carnaval San Francisco organizers plan to pay tribute to musical icons Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia, both San Francisco natives synonymous with the 1960s-counterculture movement.

  • This year’s theme also draws attention to the bond felt by residents, particularly during testing times. “We’re struggling with the city’s rising rents, evictions, displacement and limited access to economic opportunity,” said Hernandez. “An event like Carnaval San Francisco unifies the community and preserves its heart, soul and traditions. We’re recognizing that there’s a common struggle while promoting solidarity, compassion and creativity. We’re acknowledging that culture cures what ails us – ‘la cultura cura.’”

  • Carnaval San Francisco is organized by just five paid consultants but draws upon more than 500 volunteers passionately dedicated to cultivating and celebrating the Latino and Caribbean roots of the city’s Mission District.

  • If you are looking for love, this is the place to be. Over the past 39 years, many strangers have met at Carnaval San Francisco, fallen in love, got married and had babies.

2017 CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PARADE WINNERS

GRAND CHAMPIONS: Fogo Na Roupa Grupo Carnavalesco Cultural

1ST PLACE: Danza Azteca Xipe Totec

2ND PLACE: Sistas-Wit-Style

3RD PLACE: Morenada para el Mundo 100% es Boliviana

BRAZILIAN CATEGORY

1ST PLACE: Grupo Samba Rio and California Brazil Camp

2ND PLACE: Gente Da Cidade

3RD PLACE: Maracatu Pacífico

TRADITIONAL/FOLKLORIC CATEGORY

1ST PLACE: La Cumbiamba Colombiana

2ND PLACE: Kantuta Ballet Folklorico de Bolivia

3RD PLACE: Valverde Dance Theater

CHILDREN/YOUTH CATEGORY

1ST PLACE: Moving Beyond Productions

2ND PLACE: Sherman Elementary School

3RD PLACE: Buena Vista Horace Mann

CARIBBEAN CATEGORY

1ST PLACE: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

2ND PLACE: Mas Makers Massive

3RD PLACE: Karibbean Vibrationz

CONTEMPORARY/WORLD/FUSION/ORIGINAL CATEGORY

1ST PLACE: SambaFunk! Funkquarians w/ King Theo

2ND PLACE: Loco Bloco

3RD PLACE: Viva La Diva

ONLINE: Watch a replay of the Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade in its entirety on CBSsF.com

  • The 39th Annual Carnival San Francisco by Rohit Adukia [Full Video 126 minutes on a Tripod high above VIP stands at 21st & Mission]

38. CultuCuba

39. Karibbean Vibrationz

40. Valverde Dance Theater

41. United Rhythms

42. Telemundo 48 and Xfinity Comcast

43. Danza Azteca Xipe Totec

44. Aquarela Brazilian Dance Ensemble

45. Distrito De La Amistad

46. Comunidad Maya Yucateca del Area de la Bahia

47. Fogo Na Roupa Grupo Carnavalesco Cultural

48. Diaspora Fitness Mas Band

49. Paixão

50. ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco

51. Ginga Brasil

52. La Cumbiamba Colombiana

53. Instituto de Cultura Raíces del Perú

54. SambaFunk! Funkquarians w/ King Theo

55. El Show de Pepe

56. Northern California Zumba Fitness

57. Conjunto Folklórico Panamá América

58. WORKOUTTEMPS division of Dance of the Ancestors, Inc.

59. Rueda Con Ritmo

60. Proyección Folklórica Guatemala Xelaju

61. Zorro & Zorro Jr.

62. Star One w/ Wardell Walters

63. Los Bomberos de San Francisco

64. Flavaz of D' Caribbean

65. Club 26 Mix

66. Batalá San Francisco

67. Sambos Caporales Central Bolivia and Sambos Caporales USA

68. Parceros Salseros

69. Morenada para el Mundo 100% es Boliviana

70. San Francisco Giants

2016 Carnaval San Francisco Parade Clips from youtube

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