Carnaval San Francisco 2006 Announces 28th Annual Celebration
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California’s Largest Annual Multi-Cultural Celebration to Make
Spring Sizzle with Carnaval San Francisco Festival and Grand Parade
Over Memorial Day Weekend
Nick Jr. Cartoon Character 'Dora the Explorer' to Lead Carnaval Grand Parade
SAN FRANCISCO – Carnaval San Francisco 2006 is set to bring the sweet heat to San Francisco next spring, as California's largest annual multi-cultural celebration announces its 28th annual celebration over Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 and 28.
"Dora the Explorer," Nick Jr.'s popular bilingual cartoon character, will lead this year's Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade as Grand Marshal.
One of the city’s most spectacular traditions, Carnaval San Francisco showcases the very best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and traditions with a diverse array of food, music, dance and artistry, including works created by the talented community of Mission District residents and Bay Area artists.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, the Carnaval San Francisco Festival will offer food, music, dance, art, crafts and other fun activities and events on several stages for the entire family to enjoy. Spanning seven blocks, the Carnaval San Francisco Festival will take place on Harrison Street between 16th and 23rd streets (10 a.m.-6 p.m.).
On Sunday, May 28, the Carnaval Grand Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of 24th and Bryant streets, where it will proceed west to Mission Street. From there, the parade heads north on Mission down to 17th Street, where it will turn east and flow into the festival area.
About the Grand Marshal, "Dora the Explorer"
"Dora The Explorer," seen both on Nick Jr.'s cable channel and online, is an interactive program designed to actively encourage pre-schoolers in a play-along adventure. Each day Dora and her monkey companion Boots go on a high-stakes journey that teaches children basic Spanish words and phrases along with math and music skills and physical coordination. Children also learn with Dora how to observe situations and solve problems. A role model for children and adults alike, Dora demonstrates that speaking Spanish is not only a valuable tool, but also a source of pride.
Conceived 28 years ago by a group of local musicians, artists and residents eager to bring the spirit of Latin American and Caribbean culture to San Francisco, Carnaval San Francisco is produced by the Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. and is supported by San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts. Since 1959, the Mission Neighborhood Centers has provided quality programs that promote self-sufficiency and community growth for the Mission District’s children, youth, families and seniors.
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