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Published on : Thursday, February 14, 2013
Named one of the world’s top ten parades, Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is celebrated with much gaiety. Over 100 units will participate in the parade, many of the floats and specialty units will feature the theme of this year’s Chinese zodiac sign
Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, and exploding firecrackers. Some of the parade highlights include elaborately decorated floats, school marching bands, martial arts group, stilt walkers, lion dancers, Chinese acrobatics, the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA and the Golden Dragon. The Golden Dragon is over 201 feet long and is always featured at the end of the parade as the grand finale and will be accompanied by over 600,000 firecrackers! So party like it’s 4711 (year 4711 on the lunar calendar) and celebrate the year of the Snake in San Francisco.
Best location to view the parade:
• Many people line the area around Portsmouth Square.
• Review stand area at the end of the parade, where floats are judged
Enjoy The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Chinese New Year Parade and is an opportunity to experience Chinese cultural arts such as lantern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, folk dance, and puppet shows