The 15th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival, the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in San Francisco, takes place on Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at Yerba Buena Gardens, on Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets in San Francisco.
The Pistahan Parade and Festival was founded in 1994 organized by the Filipino American Arts Exposition, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that contributes to the artistic and cultural pride of the Filipino community.
This year’s festival features the return of the popular Adobo Cook-off and balut eating contests, delectable Filipino cuisine and desserts, cultural exhibits, 6 pavilions celebrating heritage, health, dance, creativity, culinary, and arts, and for the first time ever a San Francisco Filipino-American jazz festival.
The Pistahan Parade features approximately six beautiful themed floats and approximately100 contingents. The parade will begin at 2nd St., march down Market Street, left on 5th Street, left on Folsom Street and end on 3rd St. Featured entertainment includes world class performances by Anthony Castelo, Stephanie Reese, DJ Rocky Rock, Mango Kings, PAC Modern, Aris Garcia, Tracy Sarmiento, Lumaya, Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble, Parangal Dance Company, and more. The two-day event is expected to draw over 50,000 people. Experience the best of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the 15th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival on Aug. 9 – 10 at the Yerba Buena Gardens.
For more information, visit http://groups.myspace.com/pistahan2008