MAY 25th & 26th, 2019
Photo courtesy of MarcoSanchez.net
Come celebrate with us at the 41st annual Carnaval San Francisco! The 2019 Grand Parade will be held on May 26th 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 25th and May 26th 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.
LIVE STREAMING SCHEDULE
Festival: 1 – 6 p.m.
Host: Jonny 5, CEO, Turf Inc.
Parade: 9 – 11 a.m. live from L's Cafe.
Festival: 1– 6 p.m.
Hosts: Joze & Lili, Culture Fest Podcast Personalities
Live Stream splash photo courtesy of MarcoSanchez.net
MAPS & DIRECTIONS
The Mission is one of the most transit rich neighborhoods in San Francisco. We strongly encourage biking, walking, or taking public transportation to get to Carnaval San Francisco when possible.
FESTIVAL LINEUP & SCHEDULE
17th STREET & HARRISON STREET STAGE
10:00 AM—Community Music Center of San Francisco
10:45 AM—Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco
12:00 PM—Freddy Baldiviezo y Los Juglares del Sur
1:15 PM—Azul Latino
2:30 PM—Chhoti Maa
5:00 PM—Bay Area Cuban All-Stars
21st STREET & HARRISON STREET STAGE
10:15 AM—Berta Olivia Mariachi
11:15 AM—Bay Area Artist Takeover Featuring:
–King Johnny J Musk
–Nico X Martin
1:00 PM—Culture Fest Podcast & The Lust2Love Show Performance
1:45 PM—Calafia Armada
2:45 PM—El Huracan y Su Perla Costeña
3:15 PM—Gabi Nodhal
22nd STREET & HARRISON STREET STAGE
–Mariachi Juvenil "La Misión"
–Ballet Folklorico Cuicacalli
–Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl
–Danza de los Diablos de Juxtlahuaca
–Ballet Folklorico South Texas College
4:00 PM—Los Tigres del Norte
23rd STREET & HARRISON STREET STAGE by CARAVANA DE LA BAHIA
10:00 AM—DJ Carlo
11:30 AM—Participantes de Kareokid
12:30 PM—Grupo Vanidad
1:30 PM—Ganadores de Cantando y Ganando
2:00 PM—Los Sijeños del note
3:00 PM—Directamente de Colombia Fuego en America
3:30 PM—La Nueva Siluheta
4:30 PM—DJ Carlo
20th STREET & HARRISON STREET
11:00 AM—Ballet Folklorico South Texas College
12:00 PM—Berta Olivia Mariachi
1:10 PM—Ballet Folklorico Panamá América
1:40 PM—United Rhythms SF
2:10 PM—Panamá Folklore from Seattle, WA
2:30 PM—Feline Finesse Dance Company
2:55 PM—Samba Conmingo
3:10 PM—Morenada Para El Mundo 100% es Boliviana
3:35 PM—Bead Squad
4:00 PM—Loco Bloco
4:30 PM—Hip Hop For Change, Inc.
5:00 PM—Folklore y Ritmos de Panamá from Austin, TX
5:20 PM—2019 Carnaval SF Royalty
5:30 PM—Batalá San Francisco
CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2019 THEME:
La Cultura Cura / Culture Heals
The word “healing” often refers to the relief of physical pain. However, there are other forms of pain that also cause us distress -- mental, emotional, and spiritual. All human beings share the common desire to avoid pain, to heal and live healthy lives. Carnaval San Francisco, following the traditions of the many countries represented in our celebration, believes that culture has the power to heal today as it has in the past.
Culture is in everything we see and do--it is in our values, belief systems, and activities. It is passed from one generation to the next by communication and imitation. A society’s cultural traditions are kept alive through music, dance, theater, literature, language and art.
During the civil rights struggles of the 1960’s, art and music was used to galvanize and inspire community action, while healing the minds, bodies, and souls of people. A famous phrase from the era, “La Cultura Cura,” translated as “Culture Heals,” was used in culturally relevant poster art, music and theater to communicate the issues of the day and inspire community action.
Carnaval San Francisco intends to rally behind “La Cultura Cura” as a social and moral statement to counter the polarized political environment in the U.S. today. As an organization, we aim to heal and build support systems for our community through the creation of culturally relevant art, music, dance and dialogue.
We believe that culture has the power to affirm one’s value, build a diverse community, and politically mobilize people of color, leading to positive outcomes and collective healing. Although Carnaval San Francisco is best-known as a massive two-day celebration that takes place over Memorial Day weekend, we also create year-round cultural events that heal our community such as the Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday festivity, the Royalty Competition, photo exhibits in public spaces, and our year-round Cultural Arts & Health Education in Mission District public schools.
In the spirit of resistance and healing, Carnaval San Francisco dedicates the 2019 celebration with the theme “La Cultura Cura / Culture Heals.”
Graphic Design: Amie Valle. Artwork: ©2012 D.R. courtesy of Organización Cultural de Intercambios Internacionales México A.C. Used with permission.
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