Lunar New Year, celebrated in China for over 5,000 years is also enjoyed by residents of San Francisco, California. This year, the year of the snake, the Lunar New Year Parade will culminate two weeks of celebration. The parade is considered one of the world’s top ten parades and is the largest of its kind outside of Asia.
The parade will take place from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23rd in San Francisco’s famous Chinatown. The parade is a spectacular event which includes floats, elaborate costumes, firecrackers, marching bands, martial arts groups, stilt walkers, lion dancers and acrobatic acts. It will also introduce the newly-crowned Miss Chinatown USA for 2013. The grand finale of all Chinese New Year parades is the Golden Dragon. This year the dragon was created in a village called Foshan in China. Its swerving procession down the street is the highlight of the parade. It is 201 feet long with the head being over six feet long. It is adorned with rainbow-colored pom poms, colored lights, silver rivets for its scales and white rabbit fur.
San Francisco is one of the loveliest cities in the world and boasts top-notch hotels, restaurants, museums, theaters and much more in the way of entertainment. Come and enjoy.