2015 San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade | SoMa
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Jessie Square | 736 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94199
Celebrate in festive Filipino style at the annual Parol Lantern Festival & Parade, held in Yerba Buena Gardens and Jessie Square, where you can watch traditional, star-shaped Filipino Christmas lanterns called parols march along Yerba Buena Lane, along with live music, art, games and performances.
13th Annual Parol Lantern Festival and Parade
Saturday, December 12, 2015 | 5-9 pm
Jessie Square, Mission St. & Yerba Buena Ln., San Francisco
In 2015, participating contingents who are vying for the Tala Awards are expected to incorporate the theme – Giving Light to the Future – in the design of their parol lanterns and presentation in conjunction with the unveiling of the SoMa Pilipinas, a Filipino Social Heritage District in San Francisco.
2015 Parade Schedule:
- 5 pm: Entertainment & Parol Gallery in Jessie Square
- 6:15 pm: Parade Starts at Yerba Buena Gardens
- 6:30 – 8 pm*: Program & Tala Awards in Jessie Square
*In case of rain, the parade will be cancelled and all program activities will take place inside St. Patrick’s church at 6:30 pm.
Each year, the SoMa community showcases the parol lantern – the quintessential Filipino symbol of hope, blessings, luck, peace, and light during the holiday season – and brightens Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane and Mission Street between 3rd and 4th Street.
The festival begins with a series of parol lantern-making workshops held at the Bayanihan Community Center. Parol workshops are open to the public.
Links: Event detailsCost: FREE
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