Monday, February 7, 2011

San Francisco: Chinese New Year Parade– February 19

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at the 2011 Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, February 19 in San Francisco. Named one of the top ten parades in the world, it’s the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia and one of the most magnificent night illuminated parades in the country. It features elaborately decorated floats, many highlighting the theme of this year’s Chinese zodiac sign, the rabbit. You’ll see intricate costumes, lion dancers, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, folk dancers, marching bands, and more. Accompanied by the ear-popping sound of over 600,000 firecrackers, the grand finale of the parade is the 201-foot long Golden Dragon, which takes a team of 100 men and women to carry it through the streets of the city.

The Chinese New Year Parade runs from 5:15pm to 8:00pm and is free. The parade route starts on Market and Second Street, goes up Geary and down Post, ending on Kearny at Columbus. Public transportation is suggested. If taking BART, exit at the Montgomery or Powell Street stations.


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