Carnaval Means A Lively Weekend in the Mission
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Dust off your dancing shoes and venture into the Mission District for an unforgettable experience. The neighborhood will be alive with vibrant colors, extravagant costumes, and the rhythmic ringing of Latin beats as the 37th annual Carnaval Festival and Parade creates a jovial and festive atmosphere showcasing the energy and artistry of Latin American and Afro-Caribbean culture.
Carnaval Street Festival
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This free two day festival which runs along Harrison Street between 16th and 24th streets will feature a combination of seven stages and booths with live music by various artists including renown band leader and Bay Area native, Pete Escovedo. In addition to the music and dancing, there will be great food, arts & crafts, and plenty of entertainment for the kids.
Large crowds are expected and parking will be limited. Consider using public transportation to reduce traffic congestion. Muni's 9 San Bruno, 12 Folsom/Pacific, 22 Fillmore, 27 Bryant, 33 Ashbury/18th, 48 Quintara/24th and 55 16th Street will get you close the festivities.
Muni service note: While there will be no re-routes, service in the area may experience minor delays due to increased ridership.
Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
The highlight of the weekend will undoubtedly be the parade filled with a cavalcade of exotically festooned dancers, lively floats and musicians marching in rhythm. This year’s grand marshal will be Bay Area native and musician Sheila E.
Beginning at Harrison and 24th street, the parade will proceed west on 24th Street then move north along Mission Street until it reaches 17th Street where the parade will end.
Due to street closures and large crowds, public transportation is the recommend option. The 12 Folsom/Pacific, 14 Mission, 14R Mission Rapid, 27 Bryant, 48 Quintara/24th, 49 Mission/Van Ness, and 67 Bernal Heights will get you close. BART service to 24th Street is another viable option.
Muni service note: during the parade the following routes will have re-routes: 12 Folsom/Pacific, 14 Mission, 14R Mission Rapid, 27 Bryant, 33 Ashbury/18th, 48 Quintara/24th, 49 Mission/Van Ness and 67 Bernal Heights.
Members of Fogo Na Roupa Grupo Carnvalesco during the Carnaval parade on May 25, 2014. Photo Credit: David Yu; Flickr
“On Tap” gives you a heads up about the big events in town and what Muni routes and lines will get you to the party. Look for this feature to be posted usually on Wednesdays for a look ahead to the weekend.