The Parol is a lantern found throughout the Philippines during the Christmas season. The lantern symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem, lightness in the dark, peace, blessings and hope.
The San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade began in 2003. On one evening in December, the parade of lights stretches from the Bayanihan Community Center at 6th and Mission, and culminates in a celebration with performances at Yerba Buena Gardens.
Lantern workshops are held months prior to the festival. And the parade consists of clusters representing different groups and their illuminated stars and symbols.