Largest Latin Culture Fest In The West Live Streams To Feed Thousands Of Latino Families
"We are committed to feeding our gente every week until the shelter in place is over."
Carnaval SF is the biggest multi-cultural festival on the West Coast, celebrating the vibrant beauty and diversity of Latin American and Caribbean culture. This year, it will stream live to raise money to help feed 6,000 Latino families.
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Every year, hundreds of danzantes, musicians, and drummers, their brilliant costumes representing all the cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean, parade through San Francisco's Mission District.
Carnaval San Francisco isn't just another Mardi Gras, it is a celebration of "the spirit of Latin American and Caribbean culture," featuring Aztec danzantes alongside folklorico from Nicaragua, samba from Brazil, Caribbean drums, pimped-out Chicano lowriders, and dozens upon dozens of other Latinos proudly representing their unique and shared traditions, old and new.
This year, things are a bit different, but that won't stop Carnaval SF from their mission of celebrating and serving the Latino community.
Although it had to be postponed, the 42nd Carnaval San Francisco is back on...line. Themed "Salud Es Poder," it will be a free live stream event, raising money to feed thousands of hungry families in the Mission District, which, like the nation, has seen Latino families disproportionately affected by the current pandemic.
They may not be able to hit Mission District's main street, but performers from around the country, including top Latino artists and a few surprise appearances, will be streaming live from their homes and neighborhood streets, social-distancing and masked up, but decked out in full regalia.
"Our community needs to stay strong, and in order to persevere it needs to stay healthy."
"Our community needs to stay strong, and in order to persevere it needs to stay healthy," says Carnaval San Francisco Co-founder and Artistic Director Roberto Hernandez, whose team of volunteers have been collecting and distributing food since last month.
On Carnival SF's Instagram you can find pictures of masked volunteers and the hundreds of bags of food they distribute weekly. "We are committed to feeding our gente every week until the shelter in place is over," reads a caption.
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Our 5 de Mayo food distribution launch was a complete success, but it was only the beginning! We are committed to feeding our gente every week until the shelter in place is over. Thank you to Our Mayor @londonbreed , @goyafoods, @alaskaair , and @smartfinal for supporting our efforts to feed the familias in need in the Mission District, San Francisco. Photos by @artbyamandanelson #CarnavalSF #FeedourFamilies #GoyaFoods #AlaskaAirlines #SmartandFinal #Coronavirus #Covid19 #MissionDistrict
A team of volunteers distributed 600 meals just in time for Mother's Day, a major success, but still only a drop in the bucket.
Of the Mission District residents who tested positive for coronavirus, 95 percent were Latinos, and 86 percent said they had been hit hard economically by the pandemic, with only 10 percent reporting they were able to work from home. And these figures are the same across the nation.
So tune in at 2pm on Sunday, May 24th, to celebrate our culture, and feed our families, with music, dance, and brilliant costumes from across Latin America.
Food can empower. Salud es poder.
Dave Martinez Ventures presents "Salud Es Poder," Carnaval San Francisco LIVE STREAM 2020.
The live streaming event, powered by LATINLIVE™, HOWLiVE, Jaffe Events & Earshot Entertainment will include today’s top Latino artists including heritage artists, Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday festivities. Proceeds will go to help feed 6,000 families. Donations will be accepted during the stream with a Donate Button.