Amongst music, dance, food, and countless multi-cultural performances, thousands of people flocked to the streets of the Mission District to enjoy the festivities of Carnaval San Francisco during Memorial Day weekend.
This year marked the two-day festival’s 45th anniversary in the city. The event has become a symbol of Latin American and Caribbean culture, which is deeply woven into the social fabric of San Francisco, as well as a large-scale demonstration of the immigrant community’s vibrant vitality.
On Saturday the celebration included a festival on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th streets, where visitors enjoyed numerous musical acts on different corners, as well as vendor and community booths from local businesses and organizations. The highlight of this year’s festival was the performance of Sonora Dinamita to close Saturday’s events.
Of course, the main attraction was Sunday’s grand parade along Mission Street. Over 60 organizations from resident communities came to represent San Francisco and brought vibrant colors to this important commercial and cultural corridor.
In addition to the success of the 45th anniversary of Carnaval San Francisco, the organization will have a new home in 2023 at Casa Adelante – 681 Florida, a 100% affordable housing building constructed by Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) in partnership with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC). To have an institution, like Carnaval San Francisco, as a tenant is an example of MEDA’s cultural placekeeping efforts. The cultural organization will now have a dedicated home of approximately 9,000 square feet.
Congratulations to the Carnaval San Francisco, and thank you for bringing so much joy!