For the past ten years, Loco Bloco has brought its explosion of
rhythm, movement, color and passion to the streets of the Mission District for San
Francisco's Carvaval. No less than 300 participants--drummers, dancers and towering
stilt-walkers shimmie, samba and salsa through the streets, lifting everyone's spirits.
Every performance and production by Loco Bloco has been infused with passion to create a
|Founded in 1994 by artists and activists of color
Heather Watkins, Karla Castillo, Jose Carrasco and Patricia Ovando, Loco Bloco has
provided thousands of youth from low income communities free classes in percussion, dance
and theater. Drawing from African, Latino and indigenous cultural currents, Loco Bloco
empowers youth of color by connecting them to art forms reflective of their cultural
heritage. The adult teachers and staff do much more than simply provide classes. They have
closely mentored youth over the last decade by creating art together, traveling
together--to places like Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Havasu Indian Reservatio--and providing
guidance on peer, family and health issues.
Loco Bloco will be bringing their Carnaval craziness to this year's Sierra Nevada World
Music Festival with parades, performances and much more. Look for them!!
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