San Francisco Carnaval blossomed from its inception in Precita Park in the Mission District in 1979. Its growth and development is attributable to the passion of its founding members who longed for the traditional Carnaval celebrations of their native homelands.
Those founding members were composed of people from many cultures, and walks of life ranging from musicians, dancers, artists and a host of local residents that saw the joy and happiness that came when they gathered in this multicultural celebration.
Experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multi–cultural celebration on the West Coast.
On May 28th, 2017 at 9:30am the Grand Parade kicks–off at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets. Watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes and featuring performers who engage and entertain the crowds. Brazilian-style “escola” samba schools with up to 300 members dance through the streets in fantastic feathered headdresses or sweeping Bahia skirts, while Caribbean contingents perform the music and dance of the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad. Other parade groups include Mexican Aztec performers, traditional African drummers, Polynesian dancers, Japanese drummers, giant puppets and folkloric groups representing Guatemala, Honduras and Bolivia.
WATCH THE 2017 CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PARADE ON TV AND ONLINE
Can’t make the annual Carnaval San Francisco celebration this year? No worries. You can watch it online and on TV thanks to KPIX 5, CBSSF.com and KBCW Channel 44 Cable 12, the official English language media partners of Carnaval San Francisco.
ONLINE: Watch the live webcast of the Carnaval San Francisco Parade in its entirety from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 28th on CBSsF.com or the Replay from 7-10 p.m.
TV: KBCW Channel 44 Cable 12 will air a Carnaval San Francisco 2-Hour Parade Special on Saturday, June 3rd from 8-10 p.m.
TV: KPIX Channel 5 will air a Carnaval San Francisco 2-Hour Parade Special on Saturday, June 3rd from 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.