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San Francisco Carnival turns 46 years old and this 2024 seeks to "Honor indigenous roots"

San Francisco Carnival turns 46 years old and this 2024 seeks to "Honor indigenous roots"
With music, dance, colors and lots of celebration, the San Francisco Carnival celebrates its 46th anniversary and this 2024 under the motto "Honor indigenous roots" seeks to recognize and exalt cultures united in the same spirit to share their creative expressions. Photo: Daniel Beck carnavalsanfrancisco.org

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With music, dance, colors and lots of celebration, the San Francisco Carnival celebrates its 46th anniversary and this 2024 under the motto "Honor indigenous roots" seeks to recognize and exalt cultures united in the same spirit to share their creative expressions.

Throughout the 46 years of Carnival celebrations, many of the participating groups have chosen to represent themselves with themes steeped in the indigenous communities of Mexico, Central America, South America, the United States, the Caribbean and Brazil. 

Proudly wearing folklore outfits and clothing crafted with the same techniques as their ancestors, Carnival groups showcase the beauty of their native cultures with traditional songs and dances. 

Their presentations tell stories about preserving the rainforest, waterways, crops, and keeping Pachamama (Mother Earth) in balance. Some of the dances represent the oppression of native peoples and the suffering they have endured due to slavery and colonization.

Thus, the San Francisco Carnival has become the largest multicultural celebration on the West Coast.

San Francisco Carnival turns 46 years old and this 2024 seeks to "Honor indigenous roots"
The free, two-day festival taking place May 25-26 covers 17 blocks in the Mission District, with five main stages, 50 local artists and 400 vendors. In addition, there will be international food, dancing, tasting venues and entertainment for families, couples and friends of all ethnic, social and economic backgrounds.

The free, two-day festival taking place May 25-26 covers 17 blocks in the Mission District, with five main stages, 50 local artists and 400 vendors. In addition, there will be international food, dancing, tasting venues and entertainment for families, couples and friends of all ethnic, social and economic backgrounds.

This year, Dr. Rigoberta MenchĂș Tum, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1992, will be the Grand Marshal of the Grand Parade that will take place on Sunday, May 26.

The Grand Parade features a lineup of 60 contingents and more than 3,000 artists representing the cultural heritages of Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Bolivia, Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador and more . 

Festival time: 11:00 am ? 6:00 pm (both days); Parade time: 9:30 am? 2:00 pm (Sunday).

Although the event is free, you can do donations. Get your tickets for the parade stands to get a place.

The parade begins at 24th and Bryant Street and travels west to Mission Street, then along Mission Street travels north to 15th Street.

The Grand Stand seating area will be located outside, in front of the Gray Area Theater (2665 Mission St, SF) and in front of La Corneta Taqueria (2731 Mission St, SF). Tickets are general admission; there are no reserved seats available. Wheelchair accessibility available.

To learn more about this great event visit https://carnavalsanfrancisco.org/.

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Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.

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