2007 Queen Competition Top Finishers

The 2007 Carnaval San Francisco King and Queen competition took place at Fanatics Sports Entertainment complex in San Francisco on March 31, 2007. You can find images and video of the top four finishers in the Queen competition here. Visit our King page to view pictures and video of that competition, and check out our YouTube channel for videos relating to Carnaval around the world, and San Francisco's historic Mission District.
The top finishers:
Queen -  Marina Junquiera
1st Runner Up - Raffaela Falchi
2nd Runner Up - Gina Amato
3rd Runner Up - Laura Gilbert


Queen Marina Junquiera
Born in Brazil, Marina moved to the Bay Area at the age of 10. An interest in Brazilian culture led her to samba dancing and participating in Carnaval San Francisco for the last 10 years. She performs with Aquarela Brazilian Dance Troupe, which now holds the distinction of having five Carnaval San Francisco Queens and two Kings from its ranks!




Raffeala Falchi:
1st Runner Up
Raffaella has been exploring Brazilian samba for 10 years. Her primary focuses are samba, axe (a-shay), and Afro-Brazilian. She is co-founder of Sambamora and her class at Rhythm and Motion was awarded "Best Samba Class." She believes that dance is creative expression and should always be fun.



Gina Amato:
2nd Runner Up
Dancing since the age of five, Gina Amato has trained in various forms of ethnic and classical dance from ballet to Brazilian. She has danced in Cheo Rojas' Afro-Cuban company and with Jacque Barnes' Rhythms Tropical, samba company. Gina currently dances with Mara Reggae, Rhonda and Wilson Low's Brazilian dance and drum ensemble.




Laura Gilbert:
3rd Runner Up

A native of Sacramento, Laura Gilbert is a professional dancer and choreographer. She is currently a member of Samba da Terra under the artistic direction of Marta Santos. Laura holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and has taught, choreographed and performed all over North and South America.




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2006 Parade Fotos

Carnavalesco Kip Farris, the greatest parade float building in the history of making merry in the San Francisco passed  in December of 2005. We created a special page for him here

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2005 Parade Fotos

Queen Marina
Raffaela Falchi
Gina Amato
Laura Gilbert
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RIP: Carnaval San Francisco's great Carlos Aceituno  passed on September on Tuesday September 26, 2006. Many of the entrants at this years King and Queen competition dedicated their performance to Carlos.

The leader of Fogo Na Roupa was loved by all as an inspirational mentor, teacher, and creative force whose everyday example of living life in the present and coming together joyously  through the power of song dance and community at Carnaval time will long be remembered.
Tribute to Carlos Flight of the Quetzal

"We can now remember that SMILE and all his LOVE that he gave to our community throughout his lifetime through memory. El Es Dios! "
 - Roberto Hernandez, Artistic Director of Carnaval SF

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