I took many photos as I was excited to participate in Carnival this year— that is as a bystander. When I lived in the Mission I almost got spoiled to the idea of Carnival. I could roll on out at whatever time I felt like. Even if I got there late there was still a lot to see. Now that I live in Oakland I made a point to get there early for the parade and cherish the spirit of Carnival I love so much.
One reason I love Carnival so dearly is that I started studying samba dance more than 20 years ago and was part of a samba dance troupe that performed in the Brazilian carnival style. I fell in love with Brazilian music and dancing samba instantly. I love the costumes, the feathers and of course the music! It’s a special joy one can experience through the drums, the colors and the smiles. I love Carnival in the Mission of San Francisco because it is an opportunity for people to come together and express cultural traditions from around the world including those from San Francisco! That opportunity extends for the people in the parade and the people watching. Baile!
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