THE 38TH ANNUAL CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO
MAY 28th & 29th, 2016
Photo courtesy of Oliver Klink
CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2016 RAFFLE WINNERS
GRAND PRIZE: Trip for 2 to Cancun Mexico ~ Laura Rodriquez of Pittsburg
1st Prize: Autographed Warriors Stephen Curry Basketball ~ James Rosenmoss of Sacramento
2nd Prize: 2 night stay at Coloma Spring Suites & Carnaval SF bag ~ Susana Beltran Lopez of Hayward
3rd Prize: Autographed SF Giants Madison Bumgarner Baseball & Carnaval SF bag ~ Peter Kifor
For the complete list of winners please click here.
United Farm Workers Icon Dolores Huerta
Named Grand Marshal of Carnaval Grand Parade
By Christina Calloway
Helping establish the nation’s best-known organization of farm workers and directing the first national boycott of California table grapes are just a few of civil rights leader Dolores Huerta’s many feats.
But of all the roles the legendary organizer has filled, it’s her upcoming role in San Francisco’s Carnaval celebration that she considers noteworthy.
Organizers of the parade found it fitting to invite the union-organizing heroine to do what she does best - lead. Huerta’s service will come in the form of waves and smiles on May 29 when she’ll lead the Carnaval parade as its grand marshal.
“I consider it a very prestigious role,” said Huerta. “I feel honored to be even asked. I think it’s fabulous.”
Among her many accolades, Huerta was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2012 by President Barack Obama.
Huerta’s ties to San Francisco’s historic Mission District trace back to her beginnings as an advocate for the working class farm communities throughout California.
Huerta said many of the neighborhood’s activists supported the United Farm Workers movement in the early 1960’s by gathering food and transporting supplies by caravan to Delano where the organization was being birthed at that time by founder and organizing giant, Cesar Chavez.
Today, Huerta sees many similarities in the battle she fought years ago on behalf of farm workers and and the one that’s been brewing in San Francisco in the last decade. The most daunting issue for Huerta is the pushout of working class families from their neighborhoods due to gentrification and economic displacement.
“The fact that people don’t have places to live...the housing is so bad and it’s not affordable,” she said.
Huerta’s spirit is symbolic of the Mission District and its people, making her the perfect choice to lead the Carnaval parade during this crucial time, said Carnaval San Francisco’s Executive Producer Roberto Hernandez.
“Dolores Huerta’s fighting spirit serves as an inspiration to all of us struggling for the survival of our barrio,” Hernandez said. “She’s both forceful and nurturing -- a mother figure to our community. Dolores spoke out decades ago about the dangers of toxic pesticides to field workers and to our food supply. Her advocacy for farm workers and the environment is in keeping with our 2016 theme, Viva La Madre Tierra - Long Live Mother Earth. She is a remarkable advocate for environmental issues, social justice, women’s rights, and our Latino community as a whole.” (continued here)
CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2016 THEME
“¡Viva La Madre Tierra!”, celebrates Mother Earth's prevalence in many cultures worldwide as the manifestation of the natural world. She is the life giver and the sustainer of life; from her womb she gave origin to all the plants, animals, and people. To learn more, please look at our Theme Page and listen to the song created for our theme, "Lets Love Mother Earth" by The DJ Project.
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