Carnaval snaps: booty calls, capoeira falls at the annual Mission getdown

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Bump 'n' shine. All photos by Kimberly Chun.

By Kimberly Chun

Yeah, we were chillin' at Carnaval Sunday, May 24 - so much so this little lady almost got a bad case of hypothermia. Overcast skies and cold winds - nothing could keep Carnaval SF's booty-jiggling, thong-busting, synchronized-dancing, capoeira-kicking crews from taking to the streets. Props to the ladies flashing cheeks and chest against the wind blowing down Balmy alley. Judging from the crowd response, it was fun, fun, fun for all (loved the spartan float carrying six-plus synchronized vibraphonists and the perky-nippled, mincing contingent of rare Xolo hounds), but two hours in, my camera finger got a wee too frosty. I warmed it up with a roasted corn cob at the free Carnaval Festival on Harrison and 20th streets where folks were shooting hoops in the NBA compound and lining up for free stuff like San Francisco Gigantes T's.

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