Four ways to participate with Samba Mundial for the

SF Carnaval 2013 Parade 

 
 

Dancers (Alas)  Drummers (Bateria) Out-of-area guests
& local independents
Color Guard
· Sign up
· Come to rehearsals
· Learn the choreography
· Buy/make your costume
· Volunteer/Recruit
· Parade! 
· Sign up
· Come to rehearsals
· Learn the enredo
· Buy your costume
· Volunteer/Recruit
· Parade!
· Sign up
· Learn the enredo/choreography
· Buy/make costume
· Attend final rehearsal
· Parade!
· Sign up
· Purchase T-Shirt
· Parade!

Sign up: Complete the registration form to participate with G.R.E.S. Samba Mundial, a Mountain View-based Escola de Samba, in San Francisco Carnaval 2013. The $80 participation fee covers the costs of water and food for parade participants, the float and sound truck, mailings to members, and other production costs.  It includes a Samba Mundial Carnaval 2013 T-shirt.

Come to rehearsals: SF Carnaval 2013 rehearsals take place Saturday afternoons from 4:00 to 6:00 pm beginning April 6 at Senzala Restaurant (now Dosa & Biryani), 251 E. Java Drive, Sunnyvale, between Borregas Avenue and Geneva Drive.  [Directions] From 4:00 to 5:00 pm, dancers and bateria will rehearse separately; from 5:00pm on, both groups will rehearse together.  Additional rehearsal information and a map can be found on the Events page.

An $80 participation fee will be charged for the 8-week series leading up to SF Carnaval 2012.  Note that this fee applies to all drummers (except those who qualify for the student discount) and to all dancers doing this year's choreography, regardless of how many Saturday rehearsals you actually attended.  Since you pay for attending rehearsals or for NOT attending them, you might as well attend.  Besides, rehearsals are fun!

Learn choreography/Enredo: In the best Rio de Janeiro tradition, we create a new theme song or Enredo (pronounced “en-hay-doo”), new choreography and new costumes each year!  For dancers, choreographies will be taught and practiced during the Saturday rehearsals, while drummers work on the enredo.

People new to Brazilian dance are encouraged to take our classes held throughout the year at 7:00pm for drummers and 8:15pm Wednesday for dancers.  To attend these classes, you must become a student member of Samba Mundial at an additional cost.  Your first visit is free, so come to the Lower Social Hall at the Mountain View Recreation Center, 201 South Rengstorff Avenue, between Central Expressway and California Street.  Up-to-date and detailed information about our classes can be found on the Classes page.

Buy/make your costume:  Dancer costumes will be created during the first few weeks of rehearsals.  Final costs are to be determined, but please budget at least $100 above and beyond the $80 participation fee.  This year's Bateria costume consists of “Samba Whites” (white pants, white socks and white shoes) and this year’s Samba Mundial T-shirt, plus a hat.  The hat will cost $10 to $20.

Volunteer:  We need help!  Please volunteer to help with costuming, T-shirt sales, float/sound truck decorations and all the other activities involved in creating our S.F. Carnaval 2013 contingent.  Short meetings will be held at each Saturday rehearsal to plan and coordinate these activities.

Recruit:    Besides dancers and drummers, we need people to act as “parade monitors”, water providers and drivers for the sound truck.  Please ask your friends and relatives to volunteer for these roles.  Carnaval San Francisco provides training for parade monitors.  This is an exciting opportunity!  The first 10 monitors to commit get a free Samba Mundial t-shirt.  Additional monitors are welcome, but you may need to buy your own shirt.

Sponsor Program:  We also need sponsors:  businesses and nonprofits that support us financially can get publicity on our T-shirts, our Carnaval parade float, and our web site.  Samba Mundial is a 501(c)(3) corporation, so donations are tax-deductible.

Parade!  The S.F. Carnaval 2013 parade begins at 10:00am on Sunday, May 26 and should take from two to three hours.  Plan to arrive between 8:00am and 9:00am.  Parking and meeting places will be specified at rehearsals. To read all about S.F. Carnaval 2013, go to the official SF Carnaval Web Site.

Sign up now!  Register to participate with G.R.E.S. Samba Mundial in San Francisco Carnaval 2013!