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Chinese New Year Festival/Parade
During San Francisco's annual Chinese New Year Festival and Parade, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Chinatown to celebrate the Lunar New Year.



Chinese New Year Festival
"Street Fair"

The Chinese New Year Festival "Street Fair" is FUN for the whole family! Streets are lined with little stalls and live entertainment — and the shops and restaurants are packed. Traditional Chinese dance and music is performed on the main stage. Other activities include martial arts, calligraphy, puppet shows and a Children's Area featuring a petting zoo and fun games. Free admission.

The festival primarily takes place on Grant Avenue (from California-Broadway) — in addition to Pacific Avenue (Kearny to Stockton) and Washington and Jackson Street (Kearny to Stockton).



Chinese New Year Parade
— Largest Parade outside Asia

San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade is the largest event of its kind outside Asia. Tourists and locals alike turn out to see beautiful decorated floats, Chinese acrobatics, Lion Dancing, fun festive activities and Chinatown's famous Golden Dragon.

The Parade begins at approximately 5:15pm at Market & Second Streets, through Union Square and ends in Chinatown at Kearny & Jackson.
Free admission.

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Chinese New Year
Flower Market Fair

Each year, the Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair takes place the weekend before the Lunar New Year holiday so that families can come to the Fair and purchase their traditional holiday plants, flowers (peach blossoms, narcissus, orchids, snapdragons and chrysanthemums) and fruits such as pomelos, oranges and tangerines. These flowers and fruits are symbols of the reawakening of nature for the new year, and are associated with happiness and prosperity throughout the year.


Mini-Parade & Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
The Lunar New Year kicks off with a Mini-Parade procession and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony with San Francisco's Mayor. The Mini-Parade route begins on California Street and Grant Avenue and ends at the stage on Jackson Street and Grant Avenue.

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Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair,
Mini-Parade & Ribbon-Cutting Festival


"Gum Lung" Golden Dragon
— Longest Dragon outside Asia

Gum Lung (pronounced "goom loong") is the star of the Chinese New Year Parade. The dragon glows (it's fitted with hundreds of LED and compact fluorescent bulbs) as it winds its way along the parade route. For the first time (on Feb. 7, 2009), the dragon leads the Chinese New Year Parade vs ending the procession.

Thought to be the longest dragon outside Asia, Gum Lung brings luck, longevity and prosperity — the longer the dragon, the more luck it is supposed to bring.

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Chinatown New Years - Gung Hay Fat Choy Sign

Colorful Dragon Float at Chinese New Year Festival & Parade, Chinatown, San Francisco

Chinese New Years Parade and Street Fair

San Francisco Chinatown New Years Dragon

Chinese New Year Festival, San Francisco Chinatown, CA

Chinatown New Years Street Fair

Festival Chinese decorations at Chinese New Year Festival & Parade, San Francico Chinatown, CA

Chinatown New Years Parade

Chinatown New Years Street Fair

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