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Still Shines

“You don’t cancel Christmas, and you don’t cancel Carnaval,” said organizer Roberto Hernandez back in March, when it looked like the cultural festival might not happen this year due to fiscal troubles. Since then, Hernandez and a coalition of nonprofits have been hustling overtime to bring the event’s cost down from $900,000 to a more reasonable $300,000. This will mean no stages and a focus on volunteers, but, hey: Carnaval is happening! Get ready for fantastic drummers, glittering costumes, and beautiful ladies who step and shimmy down Mission Street in grand Carnaval style. The family festival on Harrison Street is on as well: It will be closed from 16th to 24th streets all weekend, and Sunday’s parade will follow the traditional route from 24th and Bryant to 17th and Mission. This year’s parade contingents include Danza Azteca, Hot Pink Feathers, Loco Bloco and the Star One Art Car. Let’s all give a big “odelay” to Hernandez for making it happen.
Sun., May 26, 9:30 a.m., 2013

 
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