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Belle of the Ball 

Wednesday, Apr 16 2014

For some Bay Area dwellers, this is about as religious as it gets. Carnaval San Francisco has, for the past 36 years, showcased amazing global cuisine, arts and crafts, about a million scantily-clad women, and a massive parade down the Mission's Harrison Street. Every festival this over-the-top needs royalty, and so Carnaval presents its King and Queen Competition. What better way for performers to prove their noble blood than through a cut-throat Latin dance competition? Each contestant is given three minutes to dance before the judges choose a new king and queen based on technical ability, costumes, choreography, personality, and authenticity of cultural form. The winners become the official ambassadors of Carnaval 2014, as well as walking away with $500 in cash. So, get there early to grab a seat in front — that is, if you're not afraid of being blinded by a whole lot of glitter.

Sat., April 26, 7 p.m., 2014

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