The 10th Annual

Filipino Parol Lantern Festival and Parade

Sat Dec 8, 2012
Yerba Buena Gardens
City Events, Holiday Festivals, Parades


Join us again for our 10th Year, December 8, 2012! Let’s celebrate a memorable evening of lights and laughter!

5PM: Entertainment & Parol Gallery in Jessie Square
6:15PM: Parade Starts at Yerba Buena Gardens
6:30PM: Music, Gimme Games, and Tala Awards in Jessie Square

Gimme Game prizes from beloved SF stores! (2011 featured prizes from: Seafood City, Rainbow Grocery, Starbucks, Mrs. Field’s Cookies, Jamba Juice, Subway, and MORE!)

Note: In case of rain, outdoor activities will be cancelled and the festival will take place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 6:30pm.

Parol-Making Workshops

The Bayanihan Community Center (BCC) hosts FREE parol-making workshops Fridays, 5-8pm starting Friday, October 19 (excluding Friday, November 23).
Join us at 1010 Mission Street @6th (MAP)
Parol-Making Materials

Please note we can only offer ONE free parol per person at the BCC workshops. Additional Parol-making materials for individuals, parade contingents, and workshop sites will ONLY be available for purchase on Fridays during the BCC Parol-Making workshops. Limited stock is available, in 18-inch sizes only ($6).

We highly encourage past festival contingents to re-use parol frames from previous years. Parade contingents should order materials IN ADVANCE of workshop. Order online or contact us at 415-348-8042 for more information.
Contingent Registration

Register with your group/school/senior center to be a part of our parade! $25 registration fee for all contingents. Payments can be made when registering online or in person at the Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street @6th, San Francisco. Contingents will be notified one week in advance if activities will be held in St. Patrick’s Church due to rain/inclement weather.
Tala Awards

ALL participating parade contingents are eligible to compete for a highly coveted Tala Award! Judges will be scoring parols based on 1) creativity/innovation, and 2) design/aesthetics. Please remember that you will be asked to arrive early on the day of the parade for judging.

Tala Award Grand Prizes
1st Place $500 – 2011 Winner : Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES)
2nd Place $100 – 2011 Winner : Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE)
3rd Place $75 – 2011 Winner : Manilatown Heritage Foundation

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