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SF’s Chinese New Year Parade Canceled for 2021

Held in SF since the 1860s, the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia has been canceled for 2021
By - posted 11/3/2020 No Comment

The San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce announced this week that they have canceled the live 2021 Chinese New Year Festivities including the Chinese New Year Parade over concerns of large public gatherings. Learn More.

The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Festival & Parade, dazzling the streets of downtown San Francisco with beautiful floats, talented cultural performances, and live music, has drawn over millions of spectators and television viewers year after year.

Since the 1860s, the Chinese Americans in San Francisco have adopted the American tradition of the parade into a cultural showcase to share with those unfamiliar with it. Over 150 years later, this annual celebration has become a treasured SF tradition honoring culture, community, and heritage.

Instead of a live parade there will be a Parade Broadcast Special airing on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 6 pm on KTVU.

For the first time, they will be displaying a few of their colorful and culturally decorated floats to provide the public a rare opportunity to view these beautiful creations up close.

“Year of the Ox” on Parade will be an inaugural event for our celebration. This will be similar to the “Hearts in San Francisco” project. Life-sized painted Ox statues will be displayed around San Francisco – each measuring about five feet high and six feet long – prior to their Parade Broadcast Special.

Like an Ox, with fortitude and hard work, together we will build a bright and resilient 2021.



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