Mijo and I saw Carnaval again and it was upbeat, lots of music, fiesta atmosphere, and lots of food. It was like a big dance party! This is one of the reasons I love living in San Francisco.
Every month of May, the Mission District becomes the focal point because of its annual parade and festival called SF Carnaval. I've never been to any Carnavals held in Brazil nor in the Carribean islands so I cannot tell you how close or authentic the SF Carnaval is. I love and absolutely enjoy the event judging from my experience attending the SF Carnaval four or five times now.
The weather in the city this time of the year is a crap shoot. It can be summer-like or it can be cold because of the marine layer. The weather that Sunday during Carnaval was cold and drizzly. I thought about the parade participants especially little kids from local schools.
The parade started at 9:30am. Mijo got off at 24th St. BART a little before 10am. We found a good vantage point to watch the parade somewhere on Mission St. between 24th and 23rd Sts. We still caught the last parts of the Low Riders which I am assuming to be the beginning of the parade. The parade started from 24th St. and Bryant St. so I guess it took time for the parade to get to Mission and 24th St.
Of course, the floats, props, costumes, music and dancing are the main attractions of the parade. The props like this giant mascot is always present in the parade as well as the colorful costumes.
I love the fast beat of the drums. The dancing is lovely, of course. The kids, their teachers and their parents are so cute in their Latin costumes while they try their Latin dance numbers. This is also one parade where I see lots of women and a lot of them are showing lots of skins. I feel like a dance party everytime I watch this parade!
Here are my favorite videos.
Of course, it was not just all about the drums and samba and carnaval. The other countries in Central America were represented as well. Most, if not all, Central American countries had floats. The ones the caught my attentions were the floats from Mexico, El Salvador and Panama.
Of course, no Carnaval is complete without Latin street food. After the parade, I was hungry. Mijo and I found these booth selling sope (soh-peh), fried quesadilla and Salvadorean style tamales.
This is Mission Street right after the parade.