Carnaval San Francisco

Dear Carnaval Familia,

Hope you are all well and staying healthy during these times!

We continue to respond to the challenges this escalating pandemic presents, by assisting members of our community to apply for unemployment benefits and navigating through EDD, organized a COVID testing of the Mission residents in partnership with the Latino Task Force & UCSF, advocating for financial assistance for immigrant workers and raising funds to provide food to families at the Mission Food Hub we created!

Memorial Day weekend is this coming weekend! We are going to celebrate CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO this coming Saturday May 23rd and Sunday May 24th on the streets in front of the Mission Food Hub with artist performances out on the streets while families pick up grocery bags.

We will be providing grocery bags for our Carnaval San Francsico comparsas families on:

Sunday May 24, 2020
Mission Food HUB
701 Alabama Street
San Francisco
12:00 noon to 2:00 PM

Please let us know in advance how many of your members will be picking up grocery bags by Thursday.



Roberto Y. Hernandez
Executive Producer / Artistic Director
Cultura Y Arte Nativa de las Américas (CANA)
Carnaval San Francisco

Carnaval Classes Online!

  • Saturdays until June 27, 2020
  • Online class from 10:30 AM to 12 PM

This donation-based workshop will be taught online via ZOOM!

Enjoy from your house the rhythms of Carnaval music!

Dance to a fusion of rhythms: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Bachata. For All levels.

Choreographers: Lydia Soto Vergara and Juan de Dios Soto.

For more information email

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Carnaval Archive

Past Carnaval Events

Call for Dancers

  • Carnaval SF Parade: May 24, 2020
  • Rehearsals: Saturdays from 10 to 11:15 am
  • Studio B (3rd floor)
  • $10 per Class ($8 with Registration)
  • Registration: $35

Dancers of all levels wanted for "Amor y Ashé," MCCLA’S 2020 Carnaval Contingent! Dance to a fusion of rhythms: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Bachata. All levels. Choreographers: Lydia Soto Vergara and Juan de Dios Soto.

We´ll have additional classes Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:15 PM in Studio B starting in April.

For more information email

Carnaval Fundraiser 2020

“Amor Y Ashé” is our chosen theme for MCCLA’s Carnaval SF contingent in 2020, which is gearing up once again to parade along San Francisco’s Mission District, and would like your support. The festival, usually a two day affair, culminates with the parade where approximately 70 diverse contingents participate. Carnaval SF is the biggest, most diverse cultural and artistic party in our Latino Community, and we want you to be a part of it.

Carnaval San Francisco has been a staple institution in the city, providing a space to cultivate and celebrate Latino and Caribbean culture. The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts has been an active participant for over 40 years in Carnaval festivities. The MCCLA Carnaval contingent invites the community at large, youth and adults alike, to join us once a year for a fun-filled cultural event. Our Carnaval participants are not just professional dancers, but rather, community members of all walks of life who love dancing and participating in such cultural community events.

Theme: Under San Francisco’s Carnaval chosen theme, “Salud es Poder,” our contingent's theme, “Amor Y Ashé,” alludes to the significance that MCCLA holds in the community as the heart of the Mission (Corazón del barrio). Ashé refers to the Yoruba term meaning power, good energy, good health, and good luck as a way of blessing its people.

Donate Today: All your donations will help pay for artist's fees, sound system, float construction, decorations, props, and the production of a Carnaval video.

Sponsorship Levels

$50: MCCLA Carnaval T-Shirt

$300: MCCLA Carnaval T-Shirt, Name included in Donors on MCCLA Website, 2 Tickets for Carnaval Video Party

$350 – 500:  Name & Logo Included in Carnaval Video, plus all of the above

$550 – 1000:  Name & Logo Included in Carnaval Thank You Banner, plus all of the above

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