The 5 Coolest Things About San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade
- The Chinese New Year Parade is the largest Asian cultural event in North America. Close to San Francisco’s heart is a vibrant Chinese community. The world joins in their festive celebrations. With so much It is impossible not to be caught up in the energy.
- It has a 201 foot long dragon named the Golden Dragon. The golden dragon is manned inside by nearly 100 puppeteers, enough to give Macy’s hot air balloons some competition. If Gum Long isn’t enough, you can expect to see many other silk dragons and snakes with the long gong of drums to announce their arrival. A Charming New Year Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in sheep years are often artistic, charming, sensitive, and sweet. (Read more about the 2016 Chinese New Year here.)
- It’s a night parade. An added measure of magic entrances the Chinese New Year parade when the sun goes down. With lighting effects and firework explosions, there is more excitement here than the lights of Christmas. And while you could see the whole thing on T.V., you’re definitely missing out if you do. Join the other 500,000+ people having an amazing time.
- Named one of the top ten Parades in the world proves a point, the point that this is a parade loved by the locals and world over. Not only is this entertainment, it’s FREE. Not many acclaimed events can say as much. (Bleacher seats are available for $30 each.)
- It has more firecrackers than New Years. With Fireworks, More than 600000 rounds of fireworks are exploded for this ancient Chinese New Year celebration. No excuse to miss this if you’re a Bay Area native. You can see Miss Chinatown and kids with major skills. Fireworks are used to drive away the evil in China. Right after 12:00PM on New Year’s Eve, fireworks will be launched to celebrate the coming of the New Year as well as to drive away the evil. It is believed that the person who launched the first firework of the New Year will obtain good luck.
Enjoy the Vietnamese food, walk around China Town, sip on Thai tea to stay warm. This is San Francisco’s famed event. Show up like a local.
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Chinese New Year Parade
The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade begins at 6pm at Second and Market Streets, proceeds west on Market to Kearny, north on Kearny to Post, west on Post to Powell, north on Powell to Sutter, east on Sutter back to Kearny, then to Columbus Avenue.
Saturday, February 20th, 2015
Enjoy the tradition of the Chinese New Year Parade and make a stay at Serrano Hotel your tradition too!