Carnaval San Francisco
On May 28th, 2017, I photographed the 39th Annual Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade in the Mission District. The parade lineup included about 70 groups. I took about 1600 pictures. My final edited photo gallery has fewer pictures, but you should check for yourself.
This year I photographed the entire parade… or as much of the parade as I could. Because I spent the previous parades with one crew, I did not realize that groups lined up on both sides of 24th.
Before the parade started, groups line up for several blocks in each direction fixing their costumes and practicing their routines.
This year’s theme is “El Corazón de San Pancho/The Heart of San Francisco.” The theme underscores how the city welcomes people. While photographing this year, I remembered 1999, my first year in San Francisco. I worked in the Mission District the summer I moved to the Bay Area. When the school year started, I began teaching at Lincoln High School. This year, the ALHS Latino Marching Band marched.
My children did not participate this year; my daughter had a ballet conflict. Instead of staying for the party, I ran towards the end of the route and rushed across the Bay to something I loved more than a parade.