SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of people celebrated Filipino culture at the annual Pistahan Parade and Festival in downtown San Francisco over the weekend.
The Philippine fiesta started with a seven-block parade through the city’s main streets.
The Filipino Channel anchored the mile-long march with a colorful float that cruised down the concrete canyon with Kapamilya singers Billy Crawford and Morissette Amon greeting fans along the way.
The procession stretched from Civic Center Plaza to Yerba Buena Gardens, home of the Pistahan Festival.
Located in the heart of SOMA Pilipinas — San Francisco’s Filipinotown — the festival featured activities, art, contests, performances and, of course, Philippine cuisine.
“Ube ice cream,” Pistahan attendee James Co said when asked what brought him to the festival. “I really loved this growing up in the Philippines so I just got to have it, and it’s a great summer day today.”
On Sunday afternoon, people packed the park to see Crawford and Amon headline TFC Hour.
Both singers said they relished the opportunity to perform in front of their U.S.-based kababayans.
“It’s good to come here, be invited by TFC, and get closer to our mga Kapamilya natin dito,” Crawford said.
“I’m so happy kasi napaka-warm ang mga Kapamilya natin dito,” Amon said. “Just always a pleasure performing for our Kapamilyas here.”
The two-hour concert ended the festival the same way it started: on a high note.