SAN FRANCISCO, CA – For over three decades, Carnaval San Francisco has been an event for many cultures to come together in one spirit to share their creative expression. Come celebrate with us at the 35th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a FREE 2-day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend, May 25 and 26, 10am-6pm, where we will showcase the very best Latin American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions.
This year’s theme is Carnaval Harlem Shake, with 8 city blocks in San Francisco’s Mission District bursting with music, dance, and exotic food from the many countries that celebrate Carnaval. The Grand Parade is a dazzling display of pageantry. With an annual attendance of well over 400,000, Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multi-cultural celebration on the West Coast. This year, Carnaval San Francisco is happening due to the 500 volunteers coming together to preserve this San Francisco tradition.
The two-day Festival will offer food, music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. The Festival spans eight blocks, on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. On Sunday, May 26, the Grand Parade starts at 9:30am at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets, where it will proceed West to Mission Street. From there, the parade heads North on Mission down to 17th Street, where it will turn East and flow into the Festival area.
Carnaval San Francisco 2013 Activities
Each year, Carnaval San Francisco unveils new offerings for revelers; this year is no exception!
Carnaval Festival: Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend), 10am-6pm
Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets
Entertainment: Local and visiting artists featuring Latin and Caribbean music and dance. DJs will be spinning Cumbia,
Cha Cha Cha, Tango, Salsa, Hip Hop Rancheras, Samba, and Reggae on every street corner of the Festival.
Arte Expo: The Mexican Museum will feature an ARTE EXPO in collaboration with Precita Eyes Mural Center, Galeria de la Raza, Accion Latina, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and BRAVA Theater showcasing Latino/Chicano artists.
NBA Nation: It’s the place to be for basketball players and fans. NBA Nationwill be jamming with non-stop fun including concerts, basketball games, dunking rims, contests and prizes, special guest appearances and autograph signing.
Niñolandia: a pint-sized party for the little ones, offering children’s activities.
Zona Verde: presenting services and goods that are good for our planet.
Health, Wellness, and Stay Fit Pavilion: free health screenings and health and wellness information for the whole family.
Carnaval San Francisco King and Queen Competition: Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, at 8:00pm. Advance tickets are available online at www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org. The couple demonstrating the beauty and grace of Carnaval will walk away with the crowns! Competitors must apply by April 30th, and can download the official application online at www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org. About Carnaval San Francisco
Carnaval San Francisco was conceived 35 years ago by a group of local musicians, artists, and residents eager to bring the spirit of Latin American and Caribbean culture to San Francisco.
This year’s Carnaval San Francisco is being produced by the 24th Street Cultural Collaborative, a committee of various arts and culture nonprofit organizations in the Mission District and community activists: Acción Latina, BRAVA Theater for Women in the Arts, Galería de la Raza, Loco Bloco, Mission Neighborhood Centers. Galería de la Raza is the fiscal sponsor of Carnaval San Francisco.
This is a FREE Festival and Parade. A suggested donation at the entrance of $3, $5, $10, or $20 will support this year’s Carnaval San Francisco production and educational programs. Donate online via Network for Good atwww.carnavalsanfrancisco.org. Grandstand parade seating: $25.00.