THE 40TH ANNUAL
CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (MAY 26th & 27th, 2018)
Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets
Come celebrate at the 40th annual Carnaval San Francisco! TheGrand Parade will be held on May 27th at 9:30am. Watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes and featuring performers who engage and entertain the crowds. The 2–day festival will be held May 26th and May 27th on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. Experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy.
CARNAVAL SF 2018: GRAND PARADE SEATING
SUNDAY, MAY 27TH, 2018
Reserved grandstand seating is in front of:
2565 Mission Street
(Between 21st and 22nd)
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
2018 CARNAVAL SF
FESTIVAL LINEUP & SCHEDULE
Saturday May 26th:
20th Street Stage
11:00 AM - Hip Hop For Change, Inc.
11:30 PM - Feline Fitness Dance Company
12:00 PM - Rising Rhythm Project SF
12:30 PM - Grupo Folklorico Guatemalteco Xelaju
1:00 PM - Morenada Para El Mundo 100% es Boliviana
1:30 PM - Paixao Dance Ensamble
2:00 PM - Cuicacalli Dance Company
2:30 PM - Loco Bloco
3:00 PM - Conjunto Folklorico Panama America
3:30 PM - United Rhythms SF
3:50 PM - COBAEJ Yelapa
4:30 PM - Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
5:00 PM - 2018 Carnaval SF Royalty
5:30 PM - Batala San Francisco
Sunday May 27th:
20th Street Stage
11:00 AM - Phillip and Sala Burton Choir
11:50 AM - Marku
1:00 PM - Monica Fimbrez
2:00 PM - 2018 Carnaval SF Royalty
2:30 PM - Maracatu Pacifico
3:00 PM - Aquarela Brazilian Dance Company
3:20 PM - Rueda Con Ritmo
3:40 PM - Fogo Na Roupa Grupo Carnavalesco Cultural
4:00 PM - United Rhythms SF
4:25 PM - Comparsa Colombiana Vive Mi Tierra
4:45 PM - Parceros Salceros
5:20 PM - La Cumbiamba Colombiana
22nd Street DJ Booth w/ Mixtex
3:30 PM - Aracely Zamora
3:55 PM - Ballet Folklorico Asociacion Cultural Maya Tierra del Quetzal
19th Street DJ Booth w/ Bobby A
3:30 PM - COBAEJ Yelapa
3:55 PM - Comunidad Yucateca
18th Street DJ Booth w/ Sazon Libre & Juan G
3:30 PM - The Church of 8 Wheels
3:55 PM - Bead Squad
4:05 PM - Batala San Francisco
RAÍCES DEL CARNAVAL
OF CULTURA IN THE MISSION EXHIBIT
SATURDAY, MAY 5TH, 2018 – JUNE 1ST, 2018
5:00 PM– 8:00 PM
Juan R. Fuentes Gallery
2958 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
A group photo exhibition, featuring iconic images from four–decades of history of the Mission District's biggest annual party.
Lou Dematteis Albins Peke Von Mayate Amanda Nelson David L. Gregory David Yu Doug Kaye Jane Postiglione Jayasimha Nuggehalli Gordon Mak Ken Osborn Kyle Adler Marco Sanchez Michael Kirschner Pankaj Bhargava Raven Sky Robert Werner Swee Oh Terry Scussel
MORE HISTORY at http://www.sfmission.com/cgi-bin/gallery/imageFolio.cgi?direct=San_Francisco/Carnaval_History
Parade TV Coverage
CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2018 THEME:
Roots of Carnaval / Raíces del Carnaval
A tree’s branches, leaves, and fruit give it beauty, but its strength lies in what is not seen–its roots. The roots sustain the tree through changing weather and seasons, providing nourishment and grounding. Without strong roots, a tree topples in a storm and withers in a drought.
As Carnaval San Francisco enters its 40th year, we acknowledge our formidable roots. We pay homage to those who came before us and the efforts made to create this multicultural community that we have in the Bay Area. Many revelers from throughout the Bay Area grew up dancing in the parade and are now seeing their children and grandchildren do the same. The desire to keep Carnaval going runs deep because it affirms a joyous, community effort that is celebrated by all generations.
Since 1978, Carnaval has been more than a celebration, it has been a space to reconnect with our African, indigenous, as well as our mestizo roots. The stories, dances, and colors of our forefathers come to life in the parade and festival to celebrate our triumphs and struggles. Although our roots are spread throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, our cultures unite in our annual Carnaval tradition.
For forty years, we have had the privilege of building an event where music, art, and dance from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States convene in harmony. Although cultural appropriation and gentrification threaten the longevity of multicultural spaces in the Mission District, we have successfully kept our ancestors’ traditions alive and thriving in San Francisco.
Our roots are our ancestors–they keep us centered and protect us in times of trial and tribulation. Without them, Carnaval San Francisco would not have reached the current level of success in the beautiful and constantly evolving landscape that is our home. In the spirit of our ancestors, community artists, and organizers who paved the way for today’s culture-bearers, we dedicate our much anticipated 40th Anniversary to the Raíces del Carnaval, the Roots of Carnaval.
Carnaval Dance Organizations
AQUARELA BRAZILIAN DANCE ENSEMBLE:
Premier Brazilian entertainment company in the San Francisco Bay Area. With its combination of beautiful and highly skilled dancers, glamorous costumes and explosive energy, Aquarela puts on a show you will never forget.
FACEBOOK: AQUARELA ON FACEBOOK
BOLIVIA CORAZON DE AMERICA:
Young dancers from Bolivia, Other Latin American countries and the U.S. The company educates audiences through innovative high-quality, professional performances, often re-creating Bolivian dances.
CONTACT: Isidro Fajardo at:
BUENA VISTA HORACE MANN K-8:
Horace Mann School has been dancing in the parade for 30 years with new choreography, costumes and a float each year. We have a mixture of live and recorded Latin rhythms and an original dance especially for the parade.
Contact: Bob Armstrong, BVHM Art Coordinator
Phone: (415) 515-8815
DIASPORA MASQUERADE BAND:
Diaspora Mas Band is all about INCLUSION! We maintain the cultural relevance through participating in cultural events throughout the year, expanding our circle of friends and learning new ways to celebrate life!
All-female dance troupe originating from the Bayview-Hunters Point community; self-identifying thru genres of Hip hop, West African, and Afro funk. Most importantly, we philosophize a sisterhood of love and self-respect.
CONTACT: Lilla Pittman:
GRUPO REUNIAO DA VELHA GUARDA:
We are forming a group of old-time carnavalescos to parade in this year’s 40th anniversary celebration. We are seeking long-time participants and are especially interested in enticing back people who haven’t been parading recently. All dancers and drummers are welcome and we are particularly interested in enrolling former contingent leaders and former kings & queens. This group will be an opportunity to celebrate and honor those of us who have been in the parade since the early years and who are part of it’s history.
CONTACT: Lisa Leighton at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jan McDermott at email@example.com
FACEBOOK: Group Reuniao da Vehla Guarda
GRUPO SAMBA RIO:
Grupo Samba Rio celebrates the style of the Carnaval parade groups of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The core of Grupo Samba Rio is the drum bateria
Contact: Sandy for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
LA CUMBIAMBA COLOMBIANA:
Showcasing Colombian folklore, culture, and traditions earning significant awards. We always welcome new and/or experienced dancers, parade monitors, children and adults. No prior experience in Carnaval is needed. All ages and all nationalities are welcome to join us.
Facebook: La Cumbiamba Colombiana Facebook Page
Youth and family organization focused on the development of children and youth through exploration of the arts. Loco Bloco is celebrated for working with youth, 3-24,of all experiences and providing a platform for their expression.
FACEBOOK: LOCO BLOCO
Maracatu is a music and dance form indigenous to Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil in a celebration unique to the African diaspora. We welcome dancers 16 or older interested in learning about Maracatu.
MCCLA's contingent presents contemporary fusion of Latino Caribbean movement fused with Regaeton, a little Zumba (Brazillian-inspired movements) and cumbia.
MOVING BEYOND PRODUCTIONS:
Moving Beyond has been in Carnaval since 2010 dancing to a combination of Hip Hop, Bangra, Salsa, Arabic and Chinese music. Welcoming children 3rd grade and up, as well as adults to lead and are more than willing to modify choreography and costumes to accommodate elders or the disabled. People who want to do something special are welcome to contact us.
Contact Rebecca or just come to a rehearsal.
Phone: (415) 310-2465
(Mixtiso Latino Indio-Afro-Mexican-Salvadorano Ubano Hip hop dance company)
Mixtiso has been in the parade since 1999 dancing to a combination of live drumming and recorded music that mixes salsa suelta, hip hop, rumba, cumbia, a bit of samba, bachata and danza azteca. The group has 50-80 dancers and drummers. Youth 7 and above and adults are welcome and we can modify choreography to accommodate elders and the disabled.
Contact Vanessa through our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mixtiso9797Lopez/?ref=br_rs
Our diverse backgrounds and love for samba bring an eclectic spin to what we call “samba groves.” We welcome dancers of all skill levels and skaters.
Cindy: (415) 244-5471 or CindySambista@yahoo.com
PROYECCION FOLKLORICA GUATEMALTECA XELAJU:
PFGX has participated in Carnaval for 15 years, showcasing traditional Mayan folkloric dance to live marimbas and a decorated float. We welcome new members and can accommodate those with special needs.
Oscar A Gonzales at email@example.com
or Gloria G. at firstname.lastname@example.org
SambaFunk! is Bay Area born - Oakland expression of Brasilan dance with a African center, Latin flava, Caribbean Groove and Funk appeal. A very unique but grounded dance experience, a dance experience filled with luv, commitment, culture, connection, compassion, community and historic relevance. Good introductions to Samba fundamentals for all dance backgrounds.
HOW TO REACH SAMBAFUNK!
Facebook Event Page: SambaChurch
Facebook Page: SambaFunk!
We are Oakland–based and plan to teach, promote, and spread the Caribbean culture throughout the Bay Area. We are dedicated to providing youth, teens, and adults with cultural experience that enables them to make a difference through dance.
Ruth’s Table is partnering with Trash Mash Up on a series of eco-arts workshops where participants will construct original “Maskostumes” inspired by traditions from around the world.
Event Website: www.ruthstable.org/workshops.html
For more on Ruth’s Table, go to: www.ruthstable.org
From more on Trash Mash-Up, go to: www.trashmashup.org
United Rhythms San Francisco is an all-inclusive dance fitness group formed in 2016 For 2018, United Rhythms San Francisco will present new music rhythms once again from all over the world with an emphasis on the depiction of traditional rhythms, emphasizing cultural pride and show our contemporary strength and pride through our dance form and technique.
HOW TO REACH URSF:
Phone: Brenda Perdue 415-756-4571
VALVERDE DANCE THEATRE:
Indigenous music and dance of the Aymara Culture of the southern Andes. Participants play traditional panpipes and dance in a 2000 year old technique.The group currently includes 40 artists: 20 musician/dancers and 20 dancers. All ages and cultural backgrounds are welcome to join. There is no cost to attend rehearsals, join in the parade or use a costume.
CONTACT: Luis Valverde
Facebook: VALVERDE DANCE THEATRE Facebook Page
Enjoying health and wellness activities with coworkers improves morale, performance, and company culture through the power of integrating how we live, work, and play.
CONTACT: Nanette Vides