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San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade 2018

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Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 9:30 am | Cost: FREE
24th & Bryant | 24th and Bryant, San Francisco, CA


San Francisco Carnaval | 2018

The 2018 San Francisco Carnaval Festival transforms Harrison Street into a wonderland. Come celebrate at the 40th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend.

On May 26th and 27th, the Mission District will transform into an enormous celebration pulsating with dancing, drumming, live music, brilliant costumes and delicious food. Traditions from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Guatemala, Chile, Haiti, and West Africa will be presented. The annual event attracts more than 400,000 people who come to enjoy the revelry and soak up the pageantry of color and culture.

40th Annual San Francisco Carnaval & Parade
May 26-27, 2018 | 10 am to 6 pm
– Grand Parade: May 27, 2018 | 9:30 am
Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets
FREE, but donations accepted

On Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets, experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multi–cultural celebration on the West Coast.

On Sunday, May 28th, the Grand Parade starts at 9:30 am 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.

2018 Festival & Parade Lineup

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Grand Parade | San Francisco Carnaval | 2018

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.

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.

San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade 2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018 | 9:30 am
24th & Bryant, 24th and Bryant, SF
FREE.

About the Carnaval Grand Parade: 

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.


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Cost: FREE
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Address: 24th and Bryant, San Francisco, CA

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