MAY 23rd & 24th, 2020

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Like most of you in recent days, we at Carnaval San Francisco have been focused on the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In response to the pandemic, our first priority is the health and well-being of our production team members, volunteers and the community.

We ask everyone to follow these guidelines set forth by public health authorities to stop the spread of COVID-19:
  • Wash hands with soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
If you need current information about COVID-19 and aren’t sure where to go, we encourage you to refer to San Francisco’s Department of Public Health and San Francisco Unified School District’s websites.

We will not have any meetings in person through the month of March, and all events, classes and volunteer opportunities are canceled during that time as well. We will keep everyone up-dated whether events and volunteer opportunities in April will be canceled or postponed; in some cases we may seek to provide an online alternative. Our team will remain hard at work pushing for safe events. We remain available to answer any questions you have at

Social distancing is necessary to mitigate the spread of coronavirus—but I know social isolation is not easy. Exercise daily, drink plenty of water throughout the day, keep your mouth moist, wash your hands and breath deeply everyday out in open areas I also know how important it is to stay connected to community during challenging times, and that includes friends and family.

Let's all work together to stay safe, healthy and well informed. Please take care of yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors! Mi gracias!  



Come celebrate with us at the 42nd annual Carnaval San Francisco! The 2020 Grand Parade will be held on May 24th at 9:30am. Watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes and featuring performers who engage and entertain the crowds. The 2–day festival will be held May 23rd and May 24th 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.



Salud Es Poder / Health is Wealth

The idea of what defines a healthy human being differs from person to person. Some measure health by the amount of wealth accumulated, how safe the environment around them is, or the type of diet that they maintain.


A more holistic approach to health is to approach it by thinking about a person’s mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, and how those three types of health impact the environment around them.


The old saying goes, “train the mind, and the body will follow,” which is a statement that suggests that good health starts with a positive outlook. To “train the mind” is interpreted differently based on culture, religion, and nation but despite those differences, most people know intuitively that thinking positively can lead to better physical well-being. A healthy mindset encourages us to make better choices for our bodies, including exercising more and eating a diet based on nutrient-rich food.


Healthy eating is one of the keys to wellness. It varies widely depending on many factors such as culture, economic resources, the environment, and lifestyle. These two states of health are important, but without a spiritual baseline, both the mind and the body run into disarray.


Spiritual health is rarely spoken about and oftentimes is solely attached to a particular religion, but it transcends organized religion. To be spiritually healthy can mean being thankful for all of your blessings and to see the world as an interconnected whole that you are deeply part of. Spiritual health can help cure emotional, mental and sometimes physical ailments just by being in tune with everything that connects you with a higher being, cause, or purpose.


Carnaval San Francisco believes in the power of holistic health to strengthen both the individual and the community. For the 2020 Grand Parade and Festival we aim to raise awareness of health under the theme “Salud es Poder / Health is Wealth.” Our community needs to stay strong, and in order to persevere it needs to stay healthy. We welcome everyone to take an introspective look at personal health--mentally, physically, and spiritually--and seek balance and well-being in these tumultuous times.

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