San Francisco's Carnaval: A Full-Frontal Assault on the Senses

There's nothing wrong with shaking a tail feather, but we believe it's best to do so when said feather is one of dozens glued to said tail. At the Carnaval Parade and Festival, you'll catch plenty of dancers — on and off the parade route — shaking plumage they themselves have crafted and grafted. See many in the video clip above, taken from last year's parade.

It's Carnaval all over: an explosion of color and rhythm, of costumes and drums, of the vibrant countries and cultures that are the headwaters of San Francisco's funkiness. This year's grand marshal of all things Carnaval is Ana Maria Polo, a Cuban American author, lawyer, and star of the TV show Caso Cerrado; but the special appearance most likely to inspire serious feather shaking is that of the Giants' 2010 World Series trophy. (Lou Seal is handling security.)

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