Sometimes a little guitar is just a little guitar.
The 2013 Carnaval San Francisco was held yesterday in the Mission District. It was the 35th annual San Francisco Carnaval. My two children danced with a popular Bay Area group Fogo na Roupa. My children and others from their Oakland school have been practicing this year for Carnaval, but I did not realize that the kids were joining such a fun group.
We arrived around 8:15 and met performers from other groups. (We were float 44 of 48).
We prepared and waited for about three hours, but we had a great time. Everyone dressed. Some people put on make up… almost everyone applied sunscreen (except me.)
After we started walking six blocks to the start of the parade, one of the organizers ordered us to run… so we did. Well, I stopped first to photograph everyone running. (I should have applied sunscreen.)
When we joined the parade route on 24th, I understood why people return every year for Carnaval. The crowd waited for hours along the street to cheer and dance. Everyone seemed excited.
Our drummers and dancers had been moving for about five hours when we reached the grandstand, but you would not have known by watching them. They seemed full of energy. I was energized by their performance.
We walked a few more blocks.
and our group danced more, chanting, “Go Fogo, Go Fogo. Go.”
When we finished, we were happy and tired. I am ready for next year.
See more photos at Bryan Farley Carnaval Gallery