- Chinese New Year Parade
23 Sat Feb 2013February 23 - 24
Sunday 9:00am-5:00pmChinese New Year Community Street Fair
Grant Avenue from California to Broadway St.
Pacific Avenue from Kearny to Stockton
Washington and Jackson Streets from Kearny to StocktonFreeImmerse yourself in the sights and sounds of San Francisco's exhilarating Chinatown during one of the community's most exciting times of the year. Enjoy dance and music from throughout Asia and experience ancient and modern Chinese arts such as calligraphy, kite making and acrobatics.Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade
Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson
Location of bleachers: Kearny Street (between Sacramento & California and between Pine & Bush)
(415) 340-3055 or (415) 982-3071February 23
Named one of the top ten Parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA), the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the grandest night illuminated Parades in the country. Started in the 1860's by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the Parade and Festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Parade highlights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a 268 foot long Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung.") Note: Parade will also be televised live on KTVU Fox 2 and KTSF 26 (Chinese broadcast) 6-8pm.