See below photos of 2-day annual festival!
Sep 5 at 12 PM – Sep 6 at 5 PM
Where: Harrison street, between 18th and 20th, San Francisco.
Hosts: Carnaval San Francisco, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District and Cesar Chavez Day San Francisco.
- Carnaval 2020 aims to test 2,000 people for covid for free!
- Experience one stop shopping for COVID-19 screening, employment referrals, grocery bags, essential services and hope!
Video: why event is being held?
CANA-Carnaval San Francisco, in partnership with the San Francisco Latino Task Force, community based organizations, health providers and San Francisco City Departments will present a community event, “Latino COVID-19 Healing & Recovery – Salud es Poder,” on Labor Day weekend,
September 5th and 6th, from 12pm to 5pm (both days) at John O’Connell High School and on Harrison between 18th and 20th Streets which will provide culturally relevant and free COVID-19 testing, health, education, employment, housing, food and other resources to Latino residents hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. CANA-Carnaval San Francisco will abide with all San Francisco City and County COVID-19 rules and regulations around safety.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruptions to our everyday lives, many organizations postponed their events for the safety and well-being of the community.
While Carnaval San Francisco will not hold its traditional parade and festival, it will produce a two-day community resource event, entitled: “Latino COVID-19 Healing & Recovery — Salud es Poder” to be held over the Labor Day weekend on Sept. 5 and 6 at John O’Connell High School and on Harrison between 18 and 20th streets. The event will follow all health and safety guidelines — required face masks, social distancing, temperature checks and hand washing stations will be available.
The Department of Public Health will be doing free COVID-19 testing to the first 1,000 people each day. Tests will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Carnaval Board of Directors felt it was vital to provide resources for the community with a focus on Latinos who have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic. Latinos account for 15% of the population but make up half of all positive SF’s COVID-19 cases.
Carnaval San Francisco 2020 pivots to two-day community resource event.
Latino COVID-19 Healing & Recovery — Salud es Poder will provide free COVID-19 testing.
This year, instead of its traditional parade and festival, Carnaval San Francisco will hold a two-day community resource event to help the Latino community who has been disproportionately hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The “Latino COVID-19 Healing & Recovery — Salud es Poder” resource fair will take place on Labor Day weekend, September 5 and 6 from noon to 5 p.m. in two locations: John O’Connell High School and on Harrison between 18th and 20th Streets. CANA-Carnaval San Francisco, in partnership with the San Francisco Latino Task Force COVID-19 will provide a wide-array of resources for attendees including free COVID-19 testing. The event is held in collaboration with agencies and community organizations that include: Department of Public Health, UCSF, Mayor’s Office of Workplace Development, SFUSD, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Mission Language & Vocational School, MEDA & Mission Housing Development Corporation, and Instituto Familiar de la Raza.
COVID-19 testing will be administered by the Department of Public Health and will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be 1000 tests administered each day beginning at noon. People are to enter on the 20th and Treat Street side of John O’Connell High School.
The job fair and community resource event will be held on Harrison St. between 18th and 20th streets.
Traditionally held in May, the organizers of Carnaval San Francisco postponed the event for the safety and well-being of the community.
“The Board of Directors and production team shifted their efforts to design and create a different event which would address the severe needs caused by the crisis in a culturally relevant manner,” said Roberto Y. Hernandez, Artistic Director and Executive Producer, Carnaval San Francisco. “The Latino community has been the hardest hit, both on the local and state levels. And we must work to make sure they have all the information needed to stop the spread.”
Latinos in San Francisco account for 15% of the population but make up half of all positive COVID-19 cases.
The free resources during the two-day event include:
• COVID-19 testing and recovery information
• Health screenings including women’s health, diabetes, blood pressure and dental
• Mental, spiritual and nutritional consultations;
• Free groceries
• Job fair and unemployment benefits information
• Help with utilities, internet and digital divide issues
• School and education resources;
• Housing referrals and assistance
The event will be staffed by English, Spanish and Mayan speakers.
To ensure all health and safety measures, including social distancing, are enforced, there will be hand-washing stations, hand sanitizer and temperature checks for those attending. Volunteers will also monitor the number of people to make sure social distancing is enforced.
Carnaval San Francisco is working with San Francisco City and County to ensure COVID-19 rules and regulations around safety and hygiene are abided by all attendees.
WHAT: Latino COVID-19 Healing & Recovery — Salud es Poder
WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m., Sept. 5 & 6, Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: John O’Connell High School, 2355 Folsom St., and on Harrison between 18th and 20th Streets
About Carnaval San Francisco, please visit: http://www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org
HOW TO DONATE!
Carnaval San Francisco is currently raising funds to provide community resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributions can be made online at https://givebutter.com/6HtzZM
or send to:
CANA – Mission Food Hub
1333 Florida Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
See photos of 2-day event!
- credit: Robert Werner, official Carnaval photographer.