Carnaval San Francisco
Next Show Dates: May 24 & 25, 2008
Called San Franciscoís Mardi Gras celebration, this annual street fair, with music, art, activities and events, takes place Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm at Harrison Street between 16th & 22nd Streets.
Then thousands of revelers take to the streets during the Grand Parade, starting usually at 9:30am, with dancers, performers, floats, and marching bands. Parade starts at 24th & Bryant Streets, west to Mission, north on Mission to 17th.
Carnavalís Grand Parade is a unique multi-cultural event that celebrates the traditions of many countries and cultures around the world. The floats are spectacular, the music and costumes lavish and varied. Beautifully designed floats depict rich multi-cultural themes, and often feature performers that excite and entertain the crowds.
Brazilian-style ìescolaî samba contingents with up to 300 members dance through the streets in fantastic feathered headdresses or sweeping Bahia skirts, while Caribbean artist perform the music and dance of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad and the Bahamas. Other Parade artists include Mexican Aztec performers, traditional African dancers and drummers, Polynesian dancers, Japanese Taiko drummers, Chinese Lion Dancers, giant puppets and folkloric artists representing Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia & Per˙, and special childrenís contingents.
The Grand Parade dances through the Mission District streets of San Francisco, is viewed by hundreds of thousands of spectators. Sponsors of the Grand Parade receive a tremendous amount of visibility on the television Spanish & English broadcast audience and exposure on media outlets throughout the State of California.
24th & Bryant Street, San Francisco