18th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival Set for Aug. 13 and 14

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SAN FRANCISCO (June 22, 2011) – The largest celebration of Filipino Americans in San Francisco is back and bigger than ever featuring the return of the popular Adobo Cook-off and balut eating contests, delectable Filipino cuisine and desserts, cultural exhibits, and the 3rd annual San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival. Experience the best of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the 18th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival on Aug. 13-14 at the Yerba Buena Gardens. The two-day event is expected to draw over 60,000 people.

The Pistahan Parade will take place Saturday Aug. 13 and features beautifully themed floats and an estimated 100 colorful and entertaining contingents. The parade will begin at Beale St., march down Market Street, make a left on 4th Street, and end on Folsom St.

To commemorate the 150th birthday of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, this year’s theme is “Celebrating Heritage and Heroes” and the Pistahan Parade and Festival will honor everyday heroes who have and continue to make a positive impact in the community.

Both festival days will feature an array of entertainment, exhibits, and immersive cultural opportunities. There will be 7 fun, educational, and interactive pavilions:

Art Pavilion:
Visual art exhibits showcase an eclectic genre and styles of Filipino artists from local areas and abroad through the cooperation of gallery owners, schools and art groups. Meet the artists and discover the rich artistic heritage of the Philippines.

Dance Pavilion:
Festival attendees can catch the rhythm and participate in folk dance demonstrations and workshops. This interactive pavilion will teach traditional folk dances for a memorable cultural experience.

Culinary Pavilion:
Celebrating the many flavors of Philippine cuisine, local restaurants are invited to feature their specialty dishes and participate in the 7th annual Adobo Cookoff. Don’t miss the 5th annual Balut Eating Contest!

Heritage Pavilion:
A mini Filipino museum displaying Philippine antiques, artifacts and material art from institutions and local collectors, most pieces never displayed in public before. Connect with Filipino history and learn something new about our rich and vibrant past!

Creativity Pavilion:
A creative space where children can get hands-on experience learning Filipino arts and crafts activities, traditional games Filipino children play and hear folklores and folktales.

Health Pavilion:
Various community organizations will provide useful information, provide awareness, and address the health care issues of our community. Free hepatitis B screenings will also be available.

Play Pavilion
Learn traditional Filipino games and watch martial arts demonstrations.

The Pistahan Parade and Festival would like to invite the public to participate in the festival. Here are ways to get involved:



Pistahan is currently looking for arts & crafts, food, community, and corporate booths.

For details contact:
Al Perez, FAAE President
(415) 625-EXPO

Musicians, vocalists, dance groups, martial artists, spoken word artists, hosts, comedians, and other entertainers are encouraged to apply. Please send an email to artists.faae@gmail.com providing a brief bio/resume and description of your act. Please include Web, Facebook, or MySpace links with photos, video and/or audio. “Call for Performers” deadline is Friday, July 8.


Support THE premiere Bay Area Filipino event.

For details contact:
Al Perez, Filipino American Arts Exposition President
(415) 625-EXPO


Filipiniana Dance Troupe marches in the Pistahan Parade.

The only major Filipino parade in the West Coast, it is a display of community pride along San Francisco’s main street – Market Street – from the Embarcadero to the Yerba Buena Gardens, the crown jewel of SF’s cultural district. Colorful floats, historical themes and lively community contingents has helped build Pistahan Parade, as THE Filipino counterpart of San Francisco’s great cultural institutions like Chinese New Year Parade, Carnaval, St. Patrick’s Parade, among others. The parade will take place on Saturday Aug. 13 at 11 a.m.

Get your contingent together and show your Pinoy Pride! Prizes will be awarded to the best contingent, best costume, best choreography and more!

To participate, contact:

Jose Manarang
Parade Outreach Coordinator

Volunteers are needed in the weeks leading up to the event, and on the day of.  Fill out our short survey form.

Eighteenth Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival
International Festival of Filipino Culture and Cuisine

Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets
San Francisco

Saturday and Sunday, Aug 13-14, 2011
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For general information about the 18th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival, contact:

Genevieve Jopanda, Pistahan Festival Director
(510) 825-9530


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