Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s San Francisco Carnaval!
“Carnaval San Francisco is the only multicultural parade from around the world that has all the various traditions unified in the streets on one day,” Carnaval executive producer Roberto Hernández. “It’s a reflection of the unique diversity of San Francisco”.
The 3 biggest points!
- The festival is both days (Saturday and Sunday), but the Parade is only Sunday.
- This year’s Parade grand marshal is United Farm Workers’ organizer Dolores Huerta.
- The biggest artists perform at Festival on Sunday, May 28the. The first at 4 p.m. by Oscar D’León, the singer who penned 1975 Venezuelan salsa classic “Llorarás.”. At 5pm, Oakland Panamanian hip-hop duo Los Rakas.
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- Festival: May 28-29, 10am-6pm. Harrison street between 16th and 24th Sts., SF.
- Parade: May 29, starts at 9:30am at 24th St. and Bryant, SF. (see below).
In 1979, Adela Chu, a Panamanian dance teacher in the Mission, decided that the city was missing an important opportunity for a party.
“I told my students that we had to have one or I wasn’t staying and they agreed to help me,” wrote Chu, a Colón-born world dance instructor, in her account of how SF’s yearly Carnaval festival and parade was started.
She formed a planning committee, and organized a celebration that sent hundreds of performers down the streets of the Mission.