San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade 2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018 | 9:30 am
24th & Bryant, 24th and Bryant, SF
On May 27th, 2018 at 9:30 am, the 2018 San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade kicks–off at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets.
Watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes and performers who will engage and entertain the crowds.
Brazilian-style “escola” samba schools with up to 300 members dance through the streets in fantastic feathered headdresses or sweeping Bahia skirts, while Caribbean contingents perform the music and dance of the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad.
Other parade groups include Mexican Aztec performers, traditional African drummers, Polynesian dancers, Japanese drummers, giant puppets and folkloric groups representing Guatemala, Honduras and Bolivia.
About the Carnaval Grand Parade:
The theme, Roots of Carnaval / Raíces del Carnaval, refers to atree’s branches, leaves, and fruit give it beauty, but its strength lies in what is not seen–its roots. The roots sustain the tree through changing weather and seasons, providing nourishment and grounding. Without strong roots, a tree topples in a storm and withers in a drought.
Since 1978, Carnaval has been more than a celebration, it has been a space to reconnect with the African, indigenous, as well as the mestizo roots. The stories, dances, and colors of the forefathers come to life in the parade and festival to celebrate the triumphs and struggles. Although the roots are spread throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the cultures unite in the annual Carnaval tradition.