Cabrio Taxi was honored when Nancy Pili of Bicis Del Pubelo asked us to participate in the 2016 Carnavale Parade this May in the Mission District of San Francisco. Loco Bloco, an organization Bicis works closely with, produce a float in the parade each year. They are a organization who seek to "promote San Francisco youth’s healthy transition into adulthood by engaging them in the creation and performance of music, dance, and theater rooted in Afro-Latino traditions. Loco Bloco encourages its youth to use multicultural art forms as a tool for their own empowerment and as a catalyst to help them overcome discrimination and bring about change in their communities." Their programs include dancers, drummers, stilt walkers, and other performers, primarily under the age of 18, who practice all year for the parade. This year the theme they chose was Throw Love Into The Fire, and our red sparkly pedicabs were a perfect addition to their red and gold color scheme.
The pedicabs rolled through the parade with the float, dancers, stilt walkers, and wagons; helping to give breaks to those with tired feet. As Loco Bloco is comprised mostly of children dancers, the pedicabs were a welcome chance to sit down for a few minutes in the long parade, transport mobility impaired members, and help carry props for the dance crews.
Community Organizer Giovanny Roa worked with his fellow pedicabbers to organize them to participate in the parade completely voluntarily. The drivers loved the opportunity to ride in this epic parade. Loco Bloco was awarded 1st Place for Comtemporary/World/Fusion/Original Category, and we couldn't be prouder to have been involved. Thank you for including us!