Oakland Carnival 2019

Photos from the 2019 Carnival celebration in Oakland, California.


Unlike the San Francisco Carnival, Oakland Carnival focuses on the music of the Afro/Cuban/West Indies aspects of the diaspora.


Therefore, the majority of the dancing units and music tend to feature groups with a strong Oakland base, featuring mostly African-American, West Indies, and West African descent.


Also, unlike San Francisco Carnival, Oakland Carnival has a strong political theme of protecting Oakland natives from the perils of gentrification and economic displacement.


Be sure to check out our video on our website at a later date.


Credit: Oakland Photo Vault 2019




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