23rd Pistahan Parade and Festival
Photos: © Francis Arcega
On August 13-14, the successful 2016 Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival was held. For 23 years, this significant community event has successfully celebrated and promoted the world-class characteristics of Filipino culture.
It started with a fun parade along the streets of San Francisco, where dancers in colorful costumes swayed to lively music, unique and creative floats entertained people, while beauty queens and headline artists waved and smiled at people who were watching cheerfully. Community leaders and members marched with positive Filipino pride. It was a great way to start the 2-day celebration.
According to Al Perez, the President of the Filipino Arts and Exposition, the purpose of this annual celebration is to, "Broaden awareness and deepen the understanding of Filipino heritage and traditions, spark cultural pride and also to foster community empowerment.”