MAY 23rd & 24th, 2020
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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.
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2019 CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO RAFFLE WINNERS
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2019 CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PARADE WINNERS
GRAND CHAMPION: Fogo Na Roupa Grupo Carnavalesco Cultural
1ST PLACE: Bolivia Para el Mundo
2ND PLACE: Esplendor Azteca Xipe Totec
3RD PLACE: Karibbean Vibrationz
1st place — Grupo Samba Rio
2nd place — Sambaxé
3rd place — Ginga Brasil
1st place — Mas Makers Massive w/ Paixao
2nd place — Sistas-Wit-Style
3rd place — Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
1st place — Mixtiso Latino Indio-Afro-Mexican Salvadoreño Urbano Hip Hop
2nd place — Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8
3rd place — Art Across The Ages
1st place — La Cumbiamba Colombiana
2nd place — Chavalos Danzas Por Nicaragua
3rd place — Comparsa Colombiana Vive Mi Tierra
CONTEMPORARY/WORLD FUSION/ORIGINAL CATEGORY:
1st place — Latin Dance Grooves
2nd place — Loco Bloco
3rd place — Viva La Diva
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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