April 14, 2000

San Francisco Celebrates the Latino Culture at the Annual Cinco de Mayo and Carnaval Festivals

Two colorful annual festivals in San Francisco's Mission District celebrate The City's vibrant Latino culture: The Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival on Sunday, May 7, and the Carnaval Parade and Festival on Sunday, May 28.

The Cinco de Mayo parade on Sunday, May 7 will begin at 10:00 a.m. at 24th and Bryant Streets. Snaking through the heart of the Mission District, the parade will end at 18th and Bryant Streets. Various colorful contingents and five beautiful floats will entertain spectators. Each year the parade honors a different state of Mexico. This year the state of Zacatecas will be honored. Each handmade float will represent the culture from the Zacatecas region of Mexico, with colorful ornaments, dancers and musical bands.

Following the parade, there will be a festival at Civil Center Plaza from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with variety of international food, arts and crafts and entertainment. Up to 60,000 people are expected to attend the day-long festivities. Three stages will feature various musical acts ranging from salsa to hip hop to mariachi bands. There will also be a classic car show with over 60 automobiles competing. A children's area will have free activities such as arts and crafts, games and rides.

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