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San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade

See the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia on Feb 20th.
By - posted 2/18/2016 No Comment

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.

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.

2016 Chinese New Year Parade
Saturday, February 20, 2016 | 5:15-8 pm
Chinatown, San Francisco
FREE standing room (bleacher seats for purchase)

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
  • The Golden Dragon carried by over 201 feet long with a team of 100 men and women, it’s always featured at the end of the parade as the grand finale; it will be accompanied by over 600,000 firecrackers.

The parade starts on Market, goes up Geary, down Post and ends on Kearny at Columbus.