San Francisco celebrates Carnaval on Memorial Day weekend with music and lots of salsa dancing. Sunday's parade through the Mission District provides an excuse to take a break from politics and do some rule-5 blogging (click on any picture to enlarge):
While normal people consider the act of merely walking on stilts, some in the parade danced on stilts:
These are not short stilts.
San Francisco's garbage men danced with their garbage cans:
Carnaval features lots of colors:
and lots of feathers:
The Mission District is the Spanish section of San Francisco. The Carnaval celebrations are organized by the San Francisco Cultural Arts Traditions, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving cultural arts traditions with music, dance, artistry and food. Some other cities celebrate Carnaval on Fat Tuesday, the day before the Lenten fast begins. In San Francisco, bowing to the weather, the Carnaval parade is held on the fourth Sunday in May.
After the parade, this dancer relaxed with a bottle of water while still on those tall stilts:
PREVIOUSLY on San Francisco's Mission District:
•Occupy/Black Bloc rioters trash San Francisco's Mission District
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•Global warming provokes laughter, even in the San Francisco Bay Area
•OccupyFail: the "general strike" that wasn't
•San Francisco Tax Day Tea Party
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•SF Churches rally: has a second front opened in the war for freedom?
•Reluctant California bureaucrats are shamed into saying the Pledge of Allegiance