Pistahan Parade and Festival celebrates 24th year Featured

Pistahan Parade and Festival celebrates 24th year Image: Bay City Guide

San Francisco, CA — On its 24th year, Pistahan Parade and Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco continues to deliver excitement and entertainment, create memorable experiences and bonds among communities, expand horizons, and above all, inspire pride across the generations of Filipinos in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pistahan is expected to draw tens of thousands of people throughout the weekend of August 12 and 13, 2017.

This year's theme is Pride and Progress in SOMA Pilipinas. To that, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee comments— "The Pistahan Parade and Festival is particularly special, as it will take place in the heart of SOMA Pilipinas, San Francisco’s newest designated cultural district." – It is indeed a fitting theme since Pistahan, organized by Filipino American Arts Exposition (FAAE), is one of the key events in the neighborhood and as the community celebrates one year of the historic official designation of SOMA Pilipinas as a Filipino heritage district.

A key component of the festival is the Pistahan Parade, taking place on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Catch the opening at 10:00 AM with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the San Francisco Civic Center and which will then proceed and continue along Market Street towards 4th Street. Ever-growing through the years, it has now become one of San Francisco's traditions. It promises to awaken your senses with the sounds of music from marching bands and visual feasts from diverse Filipino dances and the many colorful and fun floats to parade through Market Street.

Among those featured at the parade will be an authentic jeepney from Washington state, a brigade of Star Wars stormtroopers, and a Human Philippine Flag contingent consisting of Filipino American college students representing the next generation of cultural torchbearers and community leaders. On the sports side, SF Giants Super Fans gather to form another contingent with Lou Seal as mascot. This year's Pistahan Parade's Community Grand Marshall is Judge Ben Reyes, recently appointed by Governor Brown and is the first Filipino American named to the Contra Costa County Superior Court.

There will be a stage on Market Street at 5th Street, where parade contingents will do a short performance in front of distinguished judges for an opportunity to win, among others, Best Choreography, Best Spirit, Best Overall Contingent. The Pistahan Parade is a great way to kickoff the Pistahan weekend and to showcase the diversity of the Filipino American community in the SF Bay Area.

Yerba Buena Gardens will offer festival goers a variety of fun and interesting activities, from enjoying world-class performances at the Main Stage, including performances of contemporary and traditional Filipino dances, delighting in the voices of talented singers, sampling Filipino cuisine, to being tempted by the many exciting and interesting products the many festival vendors will bring. "Philippine Caravan" includes exhibitors coming all the way from the Philippines to showcase a variety of uniquely Pinoy food items, snacks and goodies.

In addition, the festival has organized seven interactive pavilions which are sure to attract the diverse tastes and interests of the public: Art, Culinary, Dance, Health, Innovation, Leadership, Sports .

Al Perez, FAAE President: "I am so proud to be a part of the Pistahan because it is a true embodiment of the Filipino bayanihan spirit. The whole event is organized by an all-volunteer group of amazing, dedicated individuals who are passionate about preserving and sharing our heritage and traditions. I would like to invite everyone to come out and check out the Pistahan Parade along Market Street and celebrate our Pinoy Pride!"

OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPATION:
The Filipino American Arts Exposition would like to invite the public to participate in the Festival. Here are ways to get involved:

( 1 ) BE A VENDOR / HAVE A BOOTH:
Pistahan is currently looking for Philippine-inspired arts & crafts vendors and community booth exhibitors.

For booth applications click to our website at www.pistahan.net. For more info, contact:
Al Perez, President, Filipino American Arts Exposition, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 415-625-EXPO (3976)

( 2 ) PERFORM AT THE PISTAHAN:
Musicians, vocalists, choirs, dance groups, martial artists, spoken word artists, hosts, comedians, and other entertainers are encouraged to apply. Please go to our website at www.pistahan.net, click on PERFORM AT PISTAHAN, and compete the short questionnaire.

( 3 ) SPONSOR THE FESTIVAL:
Support THE premiere Bay Area Filipino event and connect with the largest Asian ethnic group in California! Take advantage of our many branding and marketing opportunities. For details contact: Al Perez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 415-625-EXPO (3976).

( 4 ) WALK IN THE PARADE:
Get your contingent together and show your Pinoy Pride! Prizes will be awarded to the best contingent, best costume, best choreography, best spirit and more! Individuals and couples can come dressed in their best ethnic Filipino attire to be a part of the Lead Banner Contingent and for a chance to win the "best dressed" award. To participate, fill out the form online: www.pistahan.net > Get Involved > Join the Parade.

( 5 ) VOLUNTEER:
Volunteers are needed in the weeks leading up to the event, and on the day of. Join the dynamic Pistahan Volunteer Crew, share your unique talent and skills, give something back to the community and meet lots of cool people who are passionate about promoting the best of Filipino culture. Fill out the short Volunteer Survey at www.pistahan.net > Get Involved > Volunteer.

WHAT:
24th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival
An international Celebration of Filipino Culture

WHEN AND WHERE:

PISTAHAN PARADE
Saturday, August 12
10:00 am – Opening Ceremonies
11:00 am – The Pistahan Parade begins at the San Francisco Civic Center and will continue along Market Street towards 4th Street, then disembarks at Mission Street.

PISTAHAN FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St @ 4th St, San Francisco

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