Artist Sheila E., Grand Marshal for Carnaval 2015.

SHeilaECarnaval San Francisco’s directors have announced that Bay Area native Sheila E. is the Grand Marshal of the 37th Annual Grand Parade.

Sheila E. is a world-class drummer and percussionist whose credits read like chapters in a music history book: Ringo Starr. Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan and George Duke.

Family, faith and music were guiding forces for Sheila E. growing up in the Bay Area. In addition to percussionist dad Pete Escovedo, the Oakland-native counts former Santana member and Azteca founder Coke Escovedo and The Dragons’ front man Mario Escovedo as uncles. Fellow Latin star Tito Puente was her godfather.

“We are recognizing her for her many accomplishments. She is a Latina star, and one who has been giving back to our community consistently,” says Roberto Hernandez, Carnaval San Francisco’s executive producer.

Carnaval San Francisco is a multicultural event in the vibrant Mission District, attended by thousands every year during or around Memorial Weekend.

The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, May 24th. Many festivities and a street fair will be held the day before, Saturday, May 23rd. The theme for Carnaval this year is “Sacred Water,” or Agua Sagrada.

Content by Lupita Peimbert.