2015 San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Yerba Buena Gardens | Jessie Square | St. Patrick’s Church
In it’s 13th year, the Parol Lantern Festival has become a beloved holiday tradition for the Bay Area, SoMa Pilipino community. For Pilipinos, the parol lantern is one of the most iconic symbols in correlation of the Christmas season. In this annual festival we unite as a community in a family-friendly, at times competitive, but always enjoyable event to parade our homemade lanterns and share our holiday traditions with the whole City.
Enjoy the parol stroll parade, parol gallery, view the winning commission parol lanterns, merienda, live performances, the always exciting gimme games & see who earns top prize at the Tala Awards!
This year’s theme is:
Giving Light to the Future
How does your parol design and performance relate to your vision of the future, or what do you look forward to in the future?
This year’s theme is in conjunction with the unveiling of the SoMa Pilipinas, a Filipino Social Heritage Special Use District in San Francisco.
Community organizations sign-up as contingents and build their expression of a parol lantern for a chance at the Tala Awards including a monetary reward and title of best Parol presentation!
Want to participate but not sure how? We LOVE volunteers - pick your hours & get a FREE, awesome Parol Lantern hoodie! *Great opportunity for students to get volunteer hours!*
Parol in the News
Listed on Urban Backpaker’s “Best of the Holidays”
Listen to a story on “The California Report” at KQED (from 2012)
ALL participating parade contingents are eligible to compete for a highly coveted Tala Award! Judges will score parols based on 1) creativity/innovation, and 2) design/aesthetics. Please remember that you will be asked to arrive early on the day of the parade for judging.
Congratulations to our 2014 Tala Award Winners!
1st Place $500: Canon Kip Senior Center
2nd Place $100: Tenderloin Filipino American Community Association
3rd Place $75: Veterans Equity Center
Parol Lantern Workshops
Workshops will be held almost every Friday in October, November & December at the Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. If you’re making a parol for the first time, there’s no charge to make your first parol. Additional parol supplies are available for a fee. To learn more about the workshops visit: http://www.bayanihancc.org/parol/
Upcoming Workshop Dates:
OCT: 23 & 30
NOV: 6, 13, 20