Carnaval San Francisco cultivates and celebrates the diverse Latin American, Caribbean, and African roots of the Mission District and the San Francisco Bay Area. We accomplish our mission through dance, music, the visual arts and through creating spaces for community learning, school-based education, and advocacy.
Carnaval San Francisco is the oldest and largest multi-cultural celebration in California based in the Mission District of San Francisco. Our 42nd annual Grand Parade and two-day Cultural Festival occur over Memorial Day weekend, May 23 and May 24, 2020. Our theme for 2020 is Salud es Poder or Health is Wealth. Each year our themes are organizing principles that our comparsas or contingents use to base their music, costumes and dance routines around. In 2019 we had 73 global comparsas representing The Americas, Asia, LGBTQ, SFUSD and many more. Our two-day Cultural Festival is curated with five music stages, food and merchandise vendors. Our Health and Wellness Pavilion provides free medical screening and referral services to tens of thousands. Our biggest need in 2020 is monetizing our 10 Festival entrances. Since consumers are no longer carrying cash for donations, we need extroverted volunteers willing to ask everyone who passes to make a donation using Venmo, PayPal, text to donate, etc. Volunteers receive a free lunch and volunteer t-shirts which must be ordered by 4/15 based on the size of volunteer.
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