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Carnival Parade

Wheelchair accessible The Carnival Parade takes place Sunday May 30, 2004 at 10 am, the day before Memorial Day. The Parade starts at Bryant and 24th street and heads west on 24th to Mission, north down Mission to 17th, then east on 17th to Harrison.

Carnival typically occurs just before Lent, but our winters in San Francisco are very cold with lots of rain and wind.
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Saturday & Sunday May 29 & 30, 2004, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. is when the Carnival Celebration occurs.

The Festival will still be held on Harrison Street, between 16th and 22nd Streets, you will still see many people dressed in costumes there. The pictures on this page are from past years of the parade.

The Carnival Parade and Festival


Dressed like a butterfly.
Festival starts starts at 11 a.m. and continues until 6 p.m.. The Carnaval is presented by the Mission Economic Cultural Association and Mission Neighborhood Centers. For more information you can contact them at (415) 826-1401.


Steel drum's.
Groups representing Bolivia, Brazil, Jamaica, the Philippines, Trinidad, and Tobago danced to the music of Caribbean steel-drum players, and mariachi ensembles.


Colorful dancers.
At the Carnival Festival on Harrison Street between 16 th and 22 nd streets, you can hear performances and demonstrations of music and dance. Salsa, samba, capoeira, reggae, and more can be heard on three stages.


Dancers from all around the world.
Also the Festival offers arts, crafts, and international cuisine. Carnival is one of the largest, and liveliest outdoor cultural extravaganzas in the city.


Dancers wearing golden outfits.
One of the major differences in San Francisco's Carnival is its diversity. There are Native American groups, Polynesian groups, Puerto Rican salsa groups, and Caribbean groups. Carnival was born in a small group of island nations called Trinidad.


Tall blue man.
These three men are carrying a replica of a large blue man. The two men on each side move his arms back and forth as the man in the middle carries most of the weight.


Is this paradise or what.
If you are in San Francisco for the Memorial Day weekend you should at least try to see the parade. I am sure you will enjoy the festivities.


BART train.
The best way to get to the Carnival Parade and Festival is by taking the BART from downtown and getting off either at 16th or 24th street. BART is our underground Bay Area Rapid Transit system.

To find out more complete information on Carnival call (415) 920-0125.



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