The 41st version of Carnaval San Francisco is sort of upon us. Most generally related to the parade down Mission Street on Sunday morning, the two-day celebration begins on Saturday with a free competition and live performance, which this yr will function legendary band Los Tigres del Norte.
Here is what you want to learn about one of the crucial numerous cultural celebrations within the nation.
Carnaval vs. Mardi Gras?
Born out of the desires and longings of expat communities within the metropolis, Carnaval San Francisco started in 1979, circling round Precita Park on a drizzly February day.
Despite the eventual transfer to May — in the hunt for higher climate — the festive nature of the pre-Lent celebrations remained, together with the commemoration of Caribbean, Central and South American heritages.
Over the years, Carnaval branched out to embrace Asian Pacific and Hawaiian communities within the festivities.
Carnaval San Francisco is analogous to its famed Brazilian counterpart, with a mix of Catholic and pagan influences and African and native music — all with a household focus.
The occasion has been an annual S.F. staple because it started, pausing as soon as in 1985 due to a company reshuffle. As the parade’s govt producer, Roberto Hernandez, put it: “You don’t cancel Christmas and you don’t cancel Carnaval.”
Mexican-American band Los Tigres del Norte would be the spotlight of Saturday’s celebration. The San Jose-based band sings a style of norteño romantic music often known as corridos. Their hottest songs discuss life, love and the battle to survive — the latter being a theme that resonates with the immigrant neighborhood within the U.S.
The band’s live performance kicks off at four p.m. on the 22nd and Harrison streets stage.
Starting at 24th & Bryant streets, the parade will journey west onto Mission Street, and alongside Mission north to 15th Street. Those streets will shut an hour earlier than the 9:30 a.m. begin on Sunday.
Where Can I Watch It?
Onlookers can stand on both facet of Mission Street to observe and the occasion, scheduled to run till 1 p.m. Families usually park themselves in chairs on the most effective spots a couple of hours upfront, so get there early.
If you possibly can’t be a part of the occasion, you possibly can observe it reside on-line or on the KPIX social media accounts.
For latecomers, do not forget: There continues to be a celebration on Harrison ready at parade’s finish.
Read extra in regards to the historical past of San Francisco Carnaval at MissionNative.org.
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