San Francisco Carnaval

This year, the weekend of May 26 was the Memorial Day‘s weekend in the states. From Saturday through Sunday of this particular long weekend, the city of San Francisco hosted the Carnaval 2012 in the Mission district. I had previously planned to check out the performances in the afternoon with my family. Unexpectedly, however, I had the opportunity to see over fifty different groups of performers from a different perspective — through a pre-parade photoshoot on the street with friends.

Here’s a few photos from the series Faces of Carnaval:

SF Carnaval 2012

SF Carnaval 2012

Faces of Carnaval

Faces of Carnaval

Faces of Carnaval

Faces of Carnaval

It turned out that this way was much more fun than attending the street performances in the afternoon. There was no crowd in the morning, so it was much easier to get close to the performers, and they happily posed for us.

When I returned to the same area in the afternoon, I found myself mostly stuck in traffic. It was a challenge to move around as a group because there were constantly people coming towards or going around you. The upside was that there were many more vendors on the street, for those interested in shopping and snacking during the Carnaval. If you liked hustles, the afternoon would be your time to visit.

The morning and afternoon were definitely two different experiences. Have you attended a Carnaval in your city? San Franciscans, did you go this year? Share with us in the comments!

SF Carnaval
BART: 24th Street

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