Thousands expected at SF Pistahan Parade & Festival on Aug. 12-13
SAN FRANCISCO – Pistahan Parade and Festival, the huge annual celebration of Filipino community, culture and cuisine in the Bay Area, is expected to attract some 80,000 people on the weekend of Aug. 12-13.
The Grand Parade will kickoff the festival weekend on Aug. 12, and will march up Market Street, from Civic Center to Fourth Street.
The two-day outdoor festival will take place at the sprawling Yerba Buena Gardens.
The Pistahan is the premier showcase of world-class Filipino American music, dance, art and cuisine in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This year’s theme is “Pride and Progress in SOMA Pilipinas,” to celebrate the one-year anniversary of SOMA Pilipinas: The new Filipino cultural heritage district in San Francisco.
It aims to “broaden awareness and deepen the understanding of Filipino heritage and traditions, as well as to spark cultural pride and foster community empowerment.”
The Pistahan is produced by an all-volunteer staff and crew of the Filipino American Arts Exposition (FAAE), a grassroots, nonprofit organization based in San Francisco.