Mission residents and those who pass through love to get an eyeful, whether its murals, a gorgeous spread of food, epic high heels, or just some bozo with a bullhorn at the BART station. The Carnaval Grand Parade is the time to gleefully blow out your sockets. The vibrant cultural festival and parade give a person a lot to behold in the realms of color, artistry, and motion. Grab a spot on 24th St. or Mission early to get a good look at the parade, because the festivals popularity means crowded sidewalks full of dads with kids on their shoulders. A wide swath of Bay Area art and culture is represented, with not only scads of scantily clad dancers in feathered headdresses, but also taiko drummers, Chinese lion dancers, and so much more. One of our favorites is the physical acrobatics of the capoeira contingents. Standing flip: HOW?
Sun., May 24, 9:30 a.m., 2009