CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PARADE
Photo courtesy of Oliver Klink
CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2019 GRAND PARADE WINNERS
GRAND CHAMPION: Fogo Na Roupa Grupo Carnavalesco Cultural
1ST PLACE: Bolivia Para el Mundo
2ND PLACE: Esplendor Azteca Xipe Totec
3RD PLACE: Karibbean Vibrationz
1st place — Grupo Samba Rio
2nd place — Sambaxé
3rd place — Ginga Brasil
1st place — Mas Makers Massive w/ Paixao
2nd place — Sistas-Wit-Style
3rd place — Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
1st place — Mixtiso Latino Indio-Afro-Mexican Salvadoreño Urbano Hip Hop
2nd place — Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8
3rd place — Art Across The Ages
1st place — La Cumbiamba Colombiana
2nd place — Chavalos Danzas Por Nicaragua
3rd place — Comparsa Colombiana Vive Mi Tierra
CONTEMPORARY/WORLD FUSION/ORIGINAL CATEGORY:
1st place — Latin Dance Grooves
2nd place — Loco Bloco
3rd place — Viva La Diva
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MEET OUR CARNAVAL SF ROYALTY
Mama Dora – Drag Majesty
Mama Dora has been in San Francisco for over 13 years with her activist and educational work in the LGBTTI community. She has worked in HIV/STI prevention and education as well as entertainment. Her message is to entertain while educating and paving an easier and healthier path for new generations to come.
Ebonie Barnett - Queen
Ebonie has danced with Sistas-Wit-Style since 2012 and participated in Oakland Carnaval and Carnaval SF a total of 4 times. Studying Haitian, West African and Hip Hop with Dimensions Dance Theater helped to take her dance studies to New York, Los Angeles, Arizona and Cuba. Ebonie believes in the strength of the African Diaspora and she incorporates that strength into her performances to bring her contagious energy, love and passion to each movement.
Carlos Ceron Pruitt – King
Carlos has studied with RITMO Y SABOR in Columbia and Salsa Colombia Official Dance in Oakland CA. In 2018 Carlos participated in Carnaval SF with Salseros Parceros and his forte is La Salsa from Cali, Colombia.
Photo courtesy of Amanda Nelson
Ailani - Teen Queen
Ailani is dancer with Rising Rhythm and she has performed in the 2019 Mardi Gras kickoff and 2018 Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade.
Aniya Smith - Princess
Aniya has been doing Carnaval since Kindergarten. She is now in the 6th grade and wants to show off her talent and all the skills she has learned. She represents Mas Makers Massive and enjoys representing her culture.
Aiden - Prince
Aiden just joined Rising Rhythm - dancing and performing are two of his favorite things. He feels the positive energy from the crowd when he dances and it energizes him!
Photo courtesy of Amanda Nelson
MEET OUR GRAND MARSHALS
Peruvian born Jorge Molina arrived in San Francisco in April 2 1965, where he joined the movement to change the world. In the 70s he was invited by a group of artists and visionaries in the Mission district in the creation of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts one of the Organizations contributing to Carnaval in San Francisco. He's currently a musician, composer and a curator/curandero for Mission Arts Performance Project.
Concepcion “Concha” Saucedo Martinez
Concepcion “Concha” Saucedo Martinez, Ph.D. is a Mexicana-Yaqui-Chicana, born and raised in traditional indigenous ways. With her doctorate in Psychology, with an emphasis in clinical, social and cultural methods, she integrates traditional healing with western health practices. She is a grandmother of eight, the past Executive Director and co-founder of Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc, and a community activist for over fifty years. In the past few years, she has focused her work on bringing these traditional and spiritual practices to young people. Recently a co-author of a book on Bienestar y Cultura, (Culture and Well-being) with Ricardo Carrillo, Ph.D. Currently employed as a consultant to various community agencies and programs.
Archbishop Franzo W. King
His Eminence The Most Reverend Archbishop Franzo W. King D. D. is Co-founder of the Saint John William Coltrane Global Spiritual Community African Orthodox Church.
"For us the whole GLOBE is Community.” -St. John Coltrane
Archbishop King, long time voice and fighter against injustice in Black, Brown and working class communities: Illegal evictions, Foreclosure, Homelessness, Police Murder.
Founding member of:
African American Community Police Relationship Board
San Francisco Religious Council
Black and Brown Mothers on the March
MEET OUR GRAND PARADE JUDGES
Malea Mouton-Fuentes has worked with youth as an educator for many years and is currently Assistant Principal at Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School. She first participated in Carnaval as an 8-year old, when she danced with Grupo Aztlán de San Francisco. She is honored to participate in Carnaval as a judge this year, in a SF tradition that honors the rich cultural, artistic, and musical traditions of our communities.
Juan R. Fuentes
Juan R. Fuentes is a graduate of San Francisco State University. He has taught at the Mission Campus/City College SF, the California College of the Arts, Oakland CA and was visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute’s Print Department. Juan was also director of Mission Grafica at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Inspired by the Chicano Movement and mentors Rupert Garcia and Malaquias Montoya, Juan has dedicated his art as a cultural activist to supporting and being part of a global movement for social change. His silkscreen posters and relief prints have addressed many issues as they relate to communities of color, social justice, racism, and international struggles for liberation.
Gregangelo is the founder/artistic director of Velocity Arts and Entertainment and Velocity Circus. A genuine San Francisco native of Mexican and Lebanese descent, Gregangelo celebrates multi-cultural diversity, technology, and offers poignant messaging in his ever-changing fantastical productions. He is a graduate of CCA, served as an artist-in-residence at de Young Museum, and continues to lead a troupe of artists and dedicate a lifetime to performing, visual, and theatrical arts.
The persona of Gregangelo has become synonymous with the exceptional and the exquisite in quality arts and entertainment for major corporations, museums, media giants, and the public alike. The San Francisco Chronicle ranked him as one of "The Entertainers". His work has been commissioned and featured in countless venues, periodicals, and television specials including Cirque Du Soleil's Solstrom on the BRAVO network.
When not pushing the proverbial envelope of artistic innovation, Gregangelo finds time to be a guest lecturer and mentor in the arts for young audiences, has delivered a TEDx talk, led innovative guest lectures in arts and design at Arizona State University, California College of the Arts, and Stanford University and continues to develop emerging SF Bay Area artists.
His dynamic performances have entertained millions of audience members worldwide.
When not directing a multi-faceted group of artists, hanging vertically off an aerial apparatus, roller skating through the hills of San Francisco or whirling dervishly in space, Gregangelo may be found lounging on a boulder at Land’s End reading a legend or inventing one of his own…
Rhodessa Jones is Co-Artistic Director of the acclaimed San Francisco performance company Cultural Odyssey. She is an actress, teaching artist, director, writer and social scientist. Ms. Jones is Founder/Artistic Director of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women and HIV Circle, a performance workshop designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women and women living with HIV. Ms. Jones has been named The Frank Rhodes Chair at Cornell University 2018-2021. In 2017 Ms. Jones was awarded the prestigious MONTGOMERY FELLOWSHIP at DARTMOUTH COLLEGE. December 2016 Rhodessa received a THEATRE BAY AREA LEGACY AWARD presented to individuals that have made “extraordinary contributions to the Bay Area theatre community.”
Darren Mire is a native and resident of New Orleans. Currently, he is the Director of Valuations of the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office. He also serves on the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Ernest N. Morial Exhibition Hall Authority Board under the leadership of Governor John Bel Edwards.
He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, where he was elected to serve as the Zulu Mayor of Mardi Gras 2019. He also reigned as the King of Mardi Gras Mambo 2019.
As a life long dancer, Darren has recently immersed himself in the Latin dance community through dance classes, socials, music and travel. Over the last fiver years, he has traveled to Cuba to further study dance, culture and traditions, government, education and the arts.
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MAP OF GRAND PARADE ROUTE
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