"Home Away From Home" at the 22nd Pistahan Parade and Festival

Filipino American Arts Exposition celebrated community pride at this year's Pistahan Parade and Festival at the Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco last August 8-9, 2015.

The Pistahan Parade kicked off the weekend festivities. Led by celebrity Grand Marshal Michele Bumgarner, a professional Filipina auto racing champion, and Daly City Mayor Ray Buenaventura, the parade's colorful floats adorned with historical themes and lively community contingents have made the Pistahan Parade a Filipino cultural institution. Below are highlights of the parade:

 

 The Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco contingent (Photo by Raymond Virata)

The Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco contingent (Photo by Raymond Virata)

 San Francisco District 1 Supervisor candidate Marjan Philhour (Photo by Raymond Virata)

San Francisco District 1 Supervisor candidate Marjan Philhour (Photo by Raymond Virata)

 Daly City Councilmember Mike Guingona (Photo by Raymond Virata)

Daly City Councilmember Mike Guingona (Photo by Raymond Virata)

 The Couples for Christ/Singles for Christ contingent (Photo by Raymond Virata)

The Couples for Christ/Singles for Christ contingent (Photo by Raymond Virata)

 The Ramar Foods contingent (Photo by Raymond Virata)

The Ramar Foods contingent (Photo by Raymond Virata)

 The Kaiser Permanente contingent (Photo by Raymond Virata0

The Kaiser Permanente contingent (Photo by Raymond Virata0

 The Filipino Food Movement float (Photo by Raymond Virata)

The Filipino Food Movement float (Photo by Raymond Virata)

 The Magnolia Ice Cream float (Photo by Raymond Virata)

The Magnolia Ice Cream float (Photo by Raymond Virata)

 Motorcycle stunt rider Jason Pullen (Photo by Raymond Virata)

Motorcycle stunt rider Jason Pullen (Photo by Raymond Virata)

 The Kariktan Dance Company (Photo by Raymond Virata)

The Kariktan Dance Company (Photo by Raymond Virata)

 Misss Young Philippines USA Lexus Lagumbay at the Heavenly Ice Cream booth (Photo by Raymond Virata)

Misss Young Philippines USA Lexus Lagumbay at the Heavenly Ice Cream booth (Photo by Raymond Virata)

 The American Center of Philippine Arts (Photo by Raymond Virata)

The American Center of Philippine Arts (Photo by Raymond Virata)