2018 Chinese New Year Parade | SF
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Named one of the world’s top ten parades, the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia. It was started in the 1860s and takes place the weekend of the Chinese New Year Community Street Fair (Feb 24-25, 2018)
Typically, over 100 groups will participate in the parade and many of the floats and specialty groups will be featuring the theme of this year’s Chinese zodiac sign.
Nowhere in the country will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, Chinese acrobats ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers, and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court.
A crowd favorite is the spectacular 288-foot Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”). It takes a team of over 180 men and women from the martial arts group White Crane to carry this dragon throughout the streets of San Francisco.
The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade begins at 5:15 pm at Second and Market Streets, proceeds west on Market, and then west to Geary Street to Union Square. It turns north on Powell Street, east on Post Street and north on Kearny Street to Columbus Avenue where the parade will disperse. Learn more about Muni/BART/Park & Ride/Parking
Streets along the route will be closed to traffic beginning at 4:30pm and will reopen once the parade has passed and the route has been cleaned. Market Street between Second and Fremont Street and Second Street between Market and Mission Streets will be closed beginning at 4 pm. to accommodate the parade staging area.
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