CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PARADE
Photo courtesy of Oliver Klink
THE 2019 GRAND PARADE WILL BE HELD ON MAY 26th at 9:30 AM
On May 26th, 2019 at 9:30am the Grand Parade kicks–off at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets. Watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes and featuring performers who engage and entertain the crowds. Brazilian-style “escola” samba schools with up to 300 members dance through the streets in fantastic feathered headdresses or sweeping Bahia skirts, while Caribbean contingents perform the music and dance of the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad. Other parade groups include Mexican Aztec performers, traditional African drummers, Polynesian dancers, Japanese drummers, giant puppets and folkloric groups representing Guatemala, Honduras and Bolivia.
View the 2019 Grand Parade Lineup here.
Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsor:
JOIN THE CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PARADE AS A DANCER OR DRUMMER.
For information about how you can get involved with dance organizations that participate in the parade, click here.
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.”
WATCH THE 2018 CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PARADE VIDEO ONLINE AT CBSsF.COM
MAP OF GRAND PARADE ROUTE
Download a map of the Grand Parade route here.