Many thanks to FADF, our partners, collaborators, funders, performers, commissioned artists, volunteers and contingents for making the 14th Annual Parol Lantern Festival & Parade such a success! Rain or shine your holiday spirit is inspiring, we can’t wait for the next one, December 2017!
About the 2016 Parol Lantern Festival & Parade
In it’s 14th 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:
SoMa Pilipinas: Bring Our Culture to Light
How does your parol design and performance relate to SoMa Pilipinas? How do you bring your Culture to Light? How do you celebrate or showcase your culture?
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. In 2016 we introduced new Tala Award Categories, – Congratulations to our 2016 Tala Award Winners!
- Grand Prize Winner: SOMCAN’S Youth Organizing Home and Neighborhood Action (YOHANA)
- Best Performance/Presentation: Tenderloin Filipino-American Community Association (TFCA)
- Best Contingent by a Student Group: Little Manila After School Program
- Best Parol Design, incorporating this year’s theme: Filipino American Counseling & Treatment Team of SoMa Mental Health Center & Filipino Mental Health Initiative-SF
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/