Growing up in greater Los Angeles (it’s greater than San Berdoo, I guess), I lived near communities that were Chicano, Latino, Hispanic and cholo, so I felt a special kind of nostalgia seeing dozens of low riders lead yesterday’s Carnaval parade in San Francisco’s Mission District.
And that was just the beginning. The parade — in its 40th year — featured more than 80 groups of dancers, musicians, and cruisers celebrating the culture of the neighborhood’s Latin American and Caribbean culture.
We set out early to get a good spot on the parade route. For three coffee-loving, “mature” women, a good spot would require close proximity to a bathroom. We found a coffee house that let us use the receipt from a $3 purchase for a bottomless cup of bathroom access, and settled under an umbrella of San Francisco’s famous plane trees with an adorable Boston terrier. No June Gloom — the weather was perfect.
The parade was a river of music, costumes, booty and dancing traditions from all over South and Central America. And look who we saw in the parade — our former colleague and boss, Angie Minkin, retired chief judge! (on the left 🙂 ).
Exhausted from several hours of watching thousands of other people actually moving around, we celebrated with tacos from a Mission District cafe. A perfect San Francisco adventure!
Rich commentary and lovely colorful photos Kim. Glad you had such a splendid day. And quelle surprise a voir Angie.
Thanks Jeanne! Angie was awesome.
Muchas gracias!! So glad you guys were there! Viva Carnaval!!!
La Vida Divertido!
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Invite me next year, OK?
Yes if I am here!
Thank you — I especially appreciate it because they taken with a 3 year old phone that doesn’t know how to deal with combo light and shade LOL
That is amazing!
San Fran has the best of Chicano culture!