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Shake it in the street 

Wednesday, May 14 2014

Carnaval San Francisco is now in its 36th year of free and fabulous outdoor festivities in the Mission that celebrate Latin American and Caribbean culture through dance and music. The main event in the weekend-long festival is the Grand Parade, which fills the Sunday morning streets with glitter, beads, feathered headdresses, and much booty-shaking merriment from dancers, drummers, floats, and bands. The procession is presided over by Valencia Newton and Delvis Savigne Friñon, crowned parade royalty after triumphing in a dance-off, and this year's grand marshal is none other than San Francisco Supervisor David Campos. Over 50 local acts will join them in a rousing samba through the Mission. This year's Carnaval honors soccer and the World Cup with exhibits, crafts, and plenty of food and libations. Partake of the revels with close to half a million of your friends and neighbors.

Carnaval San Francisco presents the Grand Parade at 9:30 a.m. starting at 24th and Bryant Streets and ending 17th and Mission Streets, S.F. Free; visit

May 24-25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2014

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