ABOUT CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO
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Carnaval San Francisco cultivates and celebrates the diverse Latin American and Caribbean roots of the Mission District and the San Francisco Bay Area. We accomplish our mission through dance, music, the visual arts and by creating spaces for community learning, school-based education, and advocacy.
42 YEARS AND COUNTING
Carnaval San Francisco is a beloved Memorial Day Weekend event featuring a Grand Parade and 2–day Festival, celebrating music and cultural elements from Latin American and Caribbean traditions.
Now in its fourth decade of celebration, Carnaval San Francisco has been an opportunity for many cultures to come together in one spirit to share their creative expression. Come celebrate with us at our FREE 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd and May 24th, where we will showcase the very best Latin American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions. Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multi–cultural celebration on the West Coast.
Cultura y Arte Nativa de las Americas--CANA
Cultura y Arte Nativa de las Américas--CANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, committed to preserving and exhibiting the arts and cultures of the Americas. Our main objective is to educate the San Francisco Bay Area on the cultures that exist in the North and South American continents, and to promote dialogue about their importance in our society. Carnaval San Francisco, the largest multicultural festival in the West Coast, is a project that CANA organizes, with the goal of educating people on the Latino and Caribbean traditions of the Americas through music, dance, and visual arts. Our educational platforms and spaces of revelry aim to heal, strengthen, and unite communities of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds through the power of art and culture.
Carnaval San Francisco Strategic Plan
In 2017, Carnaval San Francisco engaged in a comprehensive, strategic planning process for the years of 2018 to 2022. We aim to use this strategic planning process to identify our staffing needs, and how to best structure and fund staff positions to create an effective and sustainable organization. Furthermore, we will also highlight how Carnaval San Francisco impacts the Mission District community year-round through its support for artists’ access to jobs, the strengthening of local businesses, education of children, youth and community, advocacy, health and wellness and collaborations of other art institutions and beyond. If you would like to read our Strategic Plan, you can download it here.
THE GRAND PARADE
On Sunday, May 24th, the Grand Parade starts at 9:30am 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.
BE A VOLUNTEER. BE A SPONSOR. BE A VENDOR. BE A DANCER. BE A DRUMMER.
If you are interested in being a Volunteer, Sponsor or Vendor for Carnaval San Francisco,
please see our Participate page.
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If you want to tell your story, please download our submissions guidelines here.
A Huge Success
Carnaval San Francisco 2019 was a huge success due to all of the people who stepped–up to volunteer and your generous support. We'd like to thank:
...and all of the Carnaval artists, DJs and volunteers